Category: Vocabulary

Oct
24
2014

component

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

k@m po n@nt

noun
definition:  a part or element of a whole; constituent.
example:  One of the engine’s components is damaged.
example:  Vegetables are an important component of a healthy diet.
example:  Oxygen and hydrogen are the chemical components that make up the water molecule.
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Oct
24
2014

enterprise

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

en t@r praIz

1. an undertaking, esp. one characterized by complexity, risk, or wide scope; venture.
The expedition to the south pole was a complicated enterprise.

2. a business entity.
Their software enterprise made huge profits last year.

3. initiative; ingenuity.
Her project showed real enterprise.

 

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Oct
23
2014

inverse

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ihn vuhrs  [or]  In vuhrs

definition 1:  opposite or reversed in position, order, direction, nature, or effect.
example:  It’s certainly true that he loves her, but the inverse statement–that she loves him–is unfortunately not true at all.
example:  The main portion of the wallpaper is white with blue stripes, but the border has the inverse pattern: blue with white stripes.

definition 2:  in mathematics, designating a value that increases or decreases in direct and opposite proportion to the change in another value.
example:  The two terms are in inverse proportion since the one increases as the other decreases.
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Oct
23
2014

authoritarian

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ə tho rih teI ri ən
of, pertaining to, or advocating complete obedience or subjection to authority, esp. political authority, without concern for individual rights.
Czar Alexander II was less authoritarian in his views than his father, and this led him to eventually free the serfs.
The European monarchs had been authoritarian rulers for centuries.

demanding obedience; domineering.
Her authoritarian father controlled nearly every aspect of her life.

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Oct
22
2014

doctrinaire

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dak trih neIr

dogmatically adhering to a doctrine or theory, regardless of its practicality.
He is so doctrinaire in his belief that prisons are evil that he overlooks the need to protect society from psychotic killers.

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