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    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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Aug
29
2014

capable

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

keI p@ b@l

adjective
definition 1:  having the ability to perform as required; competent.
example:  She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.

definition 2:  having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by “of”).
example:  She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.
example:  Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.

definition 3:  having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of a particular act (usually followed by “of”).
example:  We couldn’t believe he was capable of murder.
example:  She did not know she was capable of falling in love again.

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