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  • Word of the Day
    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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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    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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May
08
2014

contingent

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@n tIn j@nt

adjective
definition:  depending on some factor, circumstance, or event; conditional (often followed by “on” or “upon”).
example:  My purchase of this house is contingent on selling my old house.
example:  Her getting an early release from prison is contingent upon her continued good behavior.

noun
definition:  a representative group making up part of a larger assemblage.
example:  This group makes up our state’s contingent at the national conference.

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