Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Feb
04
2016

environmental

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ihn vaI @rn men t@l

adjective
definition 1:  of or pertaining to the natural environment, and esp. to the ecological effects of altering it or attempts made to protect it.
example:  Environmental pollution is a serious problem.

definition 2:  of or pertaining to external conditions or surroundings.
example:  Students’ attitudes toward school are very much affected by environmental influences.
example:  He examined the relationship between nutrition and stress, but he failed to take into account environmental factors.

definition 3:  in medicine, of or relating to hazards originating in the environment, esp. those hazards common to industrialized societies.
example:  The root of the workers’ environmental illness proved to be exposure to a toxic chemical on the job.
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Feb
03
2016

environment

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ihn vaI @rn m@nt  [or]  ihn vaI r@n m@nt

noun
definition 1:  the sum of things, circumstances, and conditions that surround one and may have an effect on one; surroundings.
example:  With the warm light, the soft curtains, and the comfortable chairs, they tried to make the doctor’s waiting room a pleasant environment.
example:  He was brought up in an environment in which education was highly valued.
example:  In the political environment of the time, it was dangerous to write books criticizing the government.

definition 2:  the set of things and conditions that constitute the sphere in which a particular type of organism lives and that have an impact on its physical growth and survival.
example:  Maintaining a high level of humidity is one way the zoo tries to re-create a tropical environment for birds from tropical regions.

definition 3:  the sum of everything that surrounds animals and humans in the natural world, including the air, the water, and the soil (preceded by “the”).
example:  Air pollution from cars is one of the causes of harm to the environment.
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Feb
02
2016

acute

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@ kyut

adjective
definition 1:  of great severity or intensity
example:  The patient is experiencing acute pain in the abdomen.
example:  When the hunger pangs became acute, she allowed herself to eat a little.

definition 2:  keen; sharp; finely-tuned.
example:  A horse has an acute sense of hearing.
example:  She has an acute sensitivity to the feelings of others.

definition 3:  very critical; crucial.
example:  There was an acute shortage of medical supplies at the field hospital.

definition 4:  of a disease, occurring suddenly, then rapidly progressing to a peak and coming shortly to an end. (Cf. chronic.
example:  Acute rheumatic fever can cause damage to the valves of the heart.
example:  Typhoid fever is an acute disease.
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Feb
01
2016

closely

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klos li

adverb
definition 1:  carefully and with attention.
example:  I have some important news, so listen closely.
example:  The medical students watched closely as the surgeon operated.

definition 2:  at a short distance from or behind.
example:  The detective followed the suspect closely without being seen.

definition 3:  strongly or inextricably.
example:  These two ideas are closely linked.
example:  The sisters closely resemble each other.
example:  Diet and health are closely related.
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Jan
29
2016

legislative

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le jih sleI tihv  [or]  le jih sleI tiv

adjective
definition:  pertaining to the passing of laws or to a legislature.
example:  Changing the law will require legislative action by the Congress.
example:  The passing of the amendment to abolish slavery was the greatest legislative achievement of Lincoln’s administration.
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