Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day
vaI @ b@l
definition 1: capable of germinating, growing, or developing, as a living organism or social organization.
example: Many of the seeds were not viable, and we didn’t get as many plants as we had hoped.
definition 2: capable of being put into effect; practicable.
example: We rejected a number of ideas before we came up with a viable strategy.
k@n sIs t@nt
definition 1: steadily conforming to a regular style or pattern; not varying.
example: Her writing style is consistent across all her novels.
example: If you want your bread to turn out the same every time, you need to follow the recipe in a consistent manner.
definition 2: not contradictory; in agreement.
example: The statements in your summary should be consistent with all the points you’ve made earlier in your essay.
example: Unfortunately, his moralistic words are not consistent with his actions.
aI s@ leIt
definition 1: to set apart from other things or people.
example: The police isolated the murder suspect from the other prisoners.
example: We think we have isolated the single cause of this disease.
example: The island people are isolated from the mainland population.
definition 2: to separate (an infectious person) from other people.
example: Passengers who had become ill during the voyage were isolated.
mI n@ m@m
definition: the smallest or least possible amount, degree, or number.
example: The tickets will cost a minimum of ten dollars.
example: There is an age minimum for this movie.
definition: of, or representative of the smallest or least in amount, number, or degree.
example: There is a minimum charge of fifteen dollars for delivery.
example: You only have to pay the minimum amount right now.
example: Children can’t go on the roller coaster unless they are of the minimum height.
maek sih m@m
definition: the largest possible amount or degree. (Cf. minimum.)
example: This elevator can hold a maximum of ten people.
example: Her temperature reached its maximum on the second day of her illness.
definition: being or having the largest amount or degree possible. (Cf. minimum.)
example: He puts in his maximum effort on any project.
example: Twenty is the maximum number of students that can enroll in the class.