Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Jun
17
2016

receptive

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rih sep tihv

adjective
definition 1:  capable of or willing to receive.
example:  Fortunately, the patient’s body was receptive to the transplant.

definition 2:  open and willing to accommodate new thoughts and ideas.
example:  Her mother was surprisingly receptive to the idea of having the wedding outdoors.
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Jun
16
2016

tentative

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ten t@ tihv

adjective
definition 1:  not yet fully developed or definitely decided; provisional.
example:  We’ve thought of a tentative solution, but we need to discuss it with the others.

definition 2:  hesitant or unsure.
example:  She was a bit tentative about accepting their offer.
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Jun
15
2016

paraphrase

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pae r@ freIz

noun
definition 1:  a restatement of a passage or text in somewhat different words so as to simplify,  clarify, or amplify.
example:  The teacher used a paraphrase to help the students understand what Shakespeare meant in those two lines.

definition 2:  the act or technique of so restating.
example:  There is too much use of paraphrase in your paper and not enough of your own ideas.

transitive verb
definition:  to restate in somewhat different words.
example:  I understood better after the lawyer paraphrased the statements that had been unclear.

intransitive verb
definition:  to compose a paraphrase.
example:  It’s obvious that you’ve paraphrased here, but you’ve neglected to give your source.
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Jun
14
2016

absolve

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aeb zalv  [or]  @b zalv

transitive verb
definition 1:  to free from consequences, blame, or guilt.
example:  Although the court had absolved him of the crime, society still held him responsible.

definition 2:  to release from obligation or responsibility.
example:  He was absolved from his duties as a juror.

definition 3:  in Christian theology, to grant pardon or remission of sins to.
example:  He begged forgiveness and asked the priest to absolve him of his sin.
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Jun
13
2016

caricature

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kae rih k@ ch@r

noun
definition 1:  a depiction, in a drawing or verbal description, that deliberately exaggerates or distorts some features of the person or thing represented to produce a comic or grotesque appearance.
example:  The actress was insulted by the wild-haired, bug-eyed caricature of her in the magazine.
example:  His caricatures have made him famous as a political commentator.

definition 2:  the art or process of creating such depictions.
example:  His talent did not lie in painting portraits, but he was brilliant at caricature.

definition 3:  an absurdly inferior imitation or copy.
example:  That evil man is a caricature of a religious leader.
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