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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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Aug
22
2013

nominal

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nominal

na mə nəl

adjective

1. in name alone.
example: The former colony was given nominal independence but had no real government of its own.
example: He’s a nominal member of the church.
example: As nominal governor of the state, she had no real power.

2. small or unimportant.
example: Membership requires only a nominal contribution.

3. of, denoting, like, having, or providing a name.

4. in grammar, of or involving nouns or noun phrases.