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Monthly Archives: January 2016

Jan
29
2016

legislative

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

le jih sleI tihv  [or]  le jih sleI tiv

adjective
definition:  pertaining to the passing of laws or to a legislature.
example:  Changing the law will require legislative action by the Congress.
example:  The passing of the amendment to abolish slavery was the greatest legislative achievement of Lincoln’s administration.
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Jan
29
2016

gird

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

guhrd
transitive verb
1. to surround, bind, or encircle, as with a belt.
A wide sash girded her waist.
The area was girded by barbed wire fences.
2. to make (oneself) ready, as for a situation requiring skill, courage, or energy.
The soldiers girded themselves for action.
3. to supply or equip, as with force or ammunition.
The regiment was girded with cannon.
He faced his enemies girded only with the truth.



Jan
28
2016

legal

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

li g@l

adjective
definition 1:  of or relating to law.
example:  He decided to go into the legal profession.
example:  I can’t understand the legal language in this document.

definition 2:  authorized or permitted by law.
example:  She had to prove that she was the legal owner of the car.
example:  Buying that type of weapon is not a legal act in that country.
example:  Their divorce will not be legal until all the documents are filed with the clerk.
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Jan
28
2016

chary

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cher i
adjective
1. wary or mindful; cautious.
Chary investors should avoid this risky stock.
2. selective; fastidious.
He is chary about who reads his work.
3. bashful; timid.
She is chary of meeting new people.
4. not dispensing freely; sparing (often fol. by of).
She is chary of favors to mere acquaintances.



Jan
27
2016

key

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ki

noun
definition:  something that allows entry, obtainment, or understanding.
example:  Knowing someone in the company was her key to getting a job interview.
example:  His persuasiveness was the key to his success as a politician.
example:  This well-written paragraph was the key to my understanding of the article.

adjective
definition:  main; primary; essential.
example:  She made the key point in the discussion and gave us something we could finally all agree on.
example:  Yeast, flour, and water are the key components of bread.
example:  The rain was a key factor in the tragedy that occurred that night.
example:  Skill at listening is key to being an effective counselor.
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