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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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Apr
07
2014

minimal

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

mI n@ m@l

adjective
definition:  of, pertaining to, or being the smallest or least possible in quantity, degree, or size.
example:  Even a minimal amount of this drug can have serious side effects in children.
example:  He gave a minimal response to his father’s question.
example:  Her salary was minimal when she started at the job.

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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the adjective minimal

minimal + ADJECTIVE:    ~ cost (e.g., the work was done at minimal cost), ~ effort (e.g., the task can be achieved with minimal effort), ~ amount, ~ impact, ~ effect, ~ risk, ~ disruption, ~ supervision, ~ oversight, ~ maintenance, ~ interference, ~ disturbance, ~ involvement, ~ resistance, ~ intervention, ~ interruption, ~ distortion, ~ discomfort, ~ inconvenience, ~ loss,  ~ damage, ~ improvement,  ~ expectations, ~ requirements, ~ contact, ~ preparation, ~ training, ~ downtime