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conversant

con·ver·sant

conversant

 
 
pronunciation:
kn vuhr snt
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part of speech: adjective
definition: familiar; acquainted; practiced (usu. fol. by with or in).
He could not comment because he was not conversant with the situation.I had no idea you were so conversant in French grammar.
synonyms:
acquainted, familiar, knowledgeable, practiced, proficient, versed
antonyms:
ignorant
similar words:
au courant, informed, privy, skilled, well-informed
derivations: conversantly (adv.), conversance (n.)
Word Parts
The word conversant contains the following parts:
con- Latin prefix that means with, together
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The prefix con- is an assimilated form of com- used before roots beginning with c, d, f, g, j, n, s, and v. See com-. Note: con- is frequently an intensive prefix, as in "conceive ."
-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.