Monthly Archives: February 2014

Feb
28
2014

respectively

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

rih spek tihv li

adverb
definition:  with regard to each of two or more persons or things in the order named.
example:  Their son and daughter are aged ten and twelve respectively.
example:  American casualties in World War I and World War II are estimated at over 300,000 and one million respectively.
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Feb
28
2014

prerogative

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

prə ra gə tihv
noun
1. an exclusive right or privilege derived from one’s office, position, age, citizenship, birth, or the like.
As a resident of the city, it is your prerogative to vote in city elections, but no one can force you to, of course.
2. a right or privilege enjoyed by a person or group.
I’m an adult, and it’s my prerogative to decide whom I will marry.

adjective
of, derived from, or utilizing a prerogative.

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Feb
27
2014

considerable

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k@n sI d@r @ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  large in size, number, extent, or proportion.
example:  Ten miles is a considerable distance for a young child to walk.
example:  It was a considerable favor, and she had to think hard before she agreed to do it.
example:  During the battle, there were considerable losses on both sides.

definition 2:  worthy of notice or respect; important.
example:  She has a considerable reputation in this town as a civic leader.
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Feb
27
2014

arrant

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ae rənt
adjective
complete; unmitigated; downright.
He is an arrant flirt who tries to win over women right in front of their husbands. 

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Feb
26
2014

mechanism

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me k@ nih z@m

noun
definition 1:  the structure, parts, or whole assemblage of a machine or mechanical system or device.
example:  He carefully opened the old watch so that he could study the mechanism.
example:  The flintlock was a mechanism that solved many of the problems of firing a gun.

definition 2:  the operative or motive part, process, or factor that effects a result.
example:  Enzyme action is the mechanism by which food is digested.
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