Monthly Archives: May 2014

May
23
2014

autonomy

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

aw ta n@ mi

noun
definition 1:  freedom and independence; self-governance.
example:  The small nation fought hard to achieve autonomy from its colonial rulers.
example:  Most children eventually want autonomy even while they are still highly dependent on their parents.

definition 2:  a group or state that is free, independent, and self-governing.
example:  The island nation is now an autonomy and proud of its independence.
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May
23
2014

sanction

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saengk shən

noun
1: an official or authoritative approval, as of an action, behavior, or the like; permission.
Under pressure from citizen groups, the city council refused to give sanction to the building project.
2: societal or public support for an action, course of action, or behavior.
The president’s decision had the sanction of the people.
3: something intended to ensure compliance with a law, such as a penalty for disobedience.
Sanctions are in place to prevent such shady dealings.
4: a principle, consideration, or influence that lends binding force to a moral law, rule of conduct, or the like.
5: an official decree or law.
6: an action taken by one or more nations and designed to force another nation to comply with a legal, ethical, or moral code.
The Council will impose sanctions on the small country if it continues to violate international laws.
Trade has resumed now that economic sanctions have been lifted.

The U.N. Security Council has imposed sanctions against the al-Qaida-linked terrorist group Boko Haram, which has carried out a wave of deadly attacks and the recent abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria, the United States said Thursday.

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May
22
2014

succeed

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s@k sid

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to attain what is desired or intended, or to achieve an outcome that is considered positive.
example:  It took many tries, but she finally succeeding in quitting smoking.

definition 2:  to follow or replace another.
example:  After the death of King George VI, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne.

transitive verb
definition 1:  to follow or replace (another).
example:  Her first novel was far more popular than the one that succeeded it.
example:  The vice-president succeeds the president if the latter should die in office.

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May
22
2014

factious

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faek shəs
adjective
1: inclined toward or promoting faction; divisive or dissentious.

A factious temper, when united with reputed sanctity, is the most dangerous character that can exist in a Christian society. (John Angell James, Christian Fellowship)

2: pertaining to or arising from faction.

They were not a party in the sense of a narrow, factious interest, organized to promote its own good at the expense of its fellow citizens. (Kimberly  C. Shankman, Compromise and the  Constitution)

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May
21
2014

aim

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eIm

intransitive verb
definition 1:  to strive toward a particular goal (often followed by an infinitive or “at”).
example:  The store aims to please its customers.
example:  Let’s aim at finishing the job by Friday.

definition 2:  to intend.
example:  He has a work visa, but he also aims to become a citizen.
example:  I aim to have a serious talk with him on that subject.

definition 3:  to set a desired course or direction.
example:  She always told her students to aim for the top.
example:  He aimed at the target, but he missed.

noun
definition:  intention; purpose.
example:  My aim this month is to finish planting my garden.
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