Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Sep
09
2014

anecdotal

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ae n@k do t@l

adjective
definition 1:  of, resembling, or concerning an anecdote or anecdotes.
example:  We listened with interest to his anecdotal account of his trip.

definition 2:  consisting of or supported by anecdotes rather than confirmable or reproducible data.
example:  These claims are based only on anecdotal evidence and cannot be considered proven.
example:  Anecdotal testimony gathered from users of a product can be highly persuasive.
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Sep
08
2014

anecdote

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ae n@k dot

noun
definition 1:  a brief account of a notable or humorous incident.
example:  She told some interesting anecdotes based on her travels in South America.
example:  The physician began his talk with anecdotes about some of his recently-treated patients.
example:  He had us in stitches with anecdotes about his college days.
example:  The company’s website posts anecdotes sent in by users of its products.
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Sep
05
2014

occupation

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ak y@ peI sh@n

noun
definition 1:  a person’s normal way of earning a livelihood; profession.
example:  Teaching was one of the few occupations open to women at that time.
example:  He wrote “accountant” as his occupation on the form he was given.

definition 2:  an activity that someone engages in, particularly as a hobby.
example:  Bird-watching became her favorite occupation after she retired.

definition 3:  the act or process of  living in or staying in a place.
example:  The cat’s occupation of the dog’s bed was amusing to everyone but the dog.
example:  The building is unsafe and unfit for human occupation.

definition 4:  the act or process of militarily holding or occupying a foreign land, usually after the defeat of its forces.
example:  The victors of the war began their occupation of the defeated nation after its surrender.
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Sep
04
2014

advocate

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aed v@ keIt

transitive verb
definition:  to urge support or acceptance of.
example:  The town council advocates buying fruits and vegetables grown on local farms.
example:  One candidate advocates the removal of the state’s death penalty, while the other opposes the idea.

 

aed v@ k@t

noun
definition 1:  one who supports a cause.
example:  She is an outspoken advocate of prison reform.

definition 2:  one who defends or pleads on behalf of another, esp. in a court of law.
example:  Who is the advocate for this defendant?
example:  Parents of children with severe disabilities must often become tireless advocates in order for their children to receive needed services.
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Sep
03
2014

affirm

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@ fuhrm

transitive verb
definition 1:  to firmly declare (something), or to state or maintain (something) as true.
example:  When questioned by the press, the superintendent affirmed his faith in the police department.
example:  The expert affirmed that the fingerprints were identical.

definition 2:  to ratify or confirm.
example:  The party has affirmed his nomination as its candidate for the presidency.
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