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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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May
13
2013

factor

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

faek t@r

noun
definition:  something that has an influence on or is a partial cause of something that happens.
example:  The element of surprise was an important factor in determining the outcome of the battle.
example:  Several factors led to the weakening of the economy.
example:  Her decision to quit was influenced by several factors, not just the fact that she was passed up for a promotion.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the noun “factor”

ADJECTIVE + factor:    important ~, contributing ~, likely ~, relevant ~, influential ~, crucial ~, determining ~, intrinsic ~,  inherent ~, unrelated ~, related ~, critical ~, deciding ~, predictive ~, pertinent ~