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absolutism the principle or practice of absolute, unrestrained governmental power.
abstention the act or practice, or an instance, of abstaining. [1/2 definitions]
activism the belief in or practice of trying to make social or political changes through active, militant, or demonstrative involvement, esp. in particular issues.
acupuncture a traditional Chinese practice of pricking certain parts of the body with fine needles to relieve pain or cure disease. [1/2 definitions]
aggression the practice of doing such acts. [1/3 definitions]
alchemy an ancient exploration and practice of chemistry which flourished particularly during medieval times. Practitioners used chemical processes in the hope of, for example, producing gold from base metals, finding the key to eternal life, and uncovering a single cure for all disease. [1/2 definitions]
anarchism the practice, employed by some anarchists, of resistance to or violence against government. [1/2 definitions]
anesthesiology the science, study, and practice of applying anesthetics.
animal husbandry the science or practice of raising and breeding domestic animals, such as livestock.
anti (informal) a person opposing a particular group, practice, value, or policy.
archery the sport or practice of shooting with bows and arrows.
art a fine skill that has resulted from natural ability, practice, or study. [1/4 definitions]
athletics (usu. used with a sing. verb) the study and practice of athletic development. [1/2 definitions]
augury the art or practice or an instance of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens. [1/2 definitions]
auspice the practice of predicting the future or obtaining hidden knowledge by interpreting omens, esp. those derived from the observation of birds. [1/3 definitions]
authorship the occupation or practice of writing. [1/2 definitions]
aviation the act, practice, or technology of human flight, esp. in airplanes.
ball boy a boy or young man who retrieves stray balls during a tennis or baseball game, or who has charge of balls used in practice, as in football and basketball.
ball girl a girl or young woman who retrieves stray balls during a tennis or baseball game, or who has charge of balls used in practice, as in field hockey or volleyball.
barratry in law, the practice of frequently stirring up groundless lawsuits. [1/2 definitions]
barter the act or practice of exchanging goods or services without the use of money. [1/5 definitions]