Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jan
28
2015

viable

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vaI @ b@l

adjective
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.
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Jan
27
2015

consistent

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k@n sIs t@nt

adjective
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.
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Jan
26
2015

isolate

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aI s@ leIt

transitive verb
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.
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Jan
23
2015

minimum

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mI n@ m@m

noun
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.

adjective
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.
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Jan
22
2015

maximum

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maek sih m@m

noun
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.

adjective
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.
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