Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

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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Jan
21
2015

myth

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mIth

noun
definition 1:  a story or body of stories based on tradition or legend, originating in the oral history of a preliterate society and incorporating its beliefs about the origins of the world, the causes of natural events, and the origins of the society’s customs and practices.
example:  According to Greek myth, Prometheus stole fire from the gods and gave it to man.

definition 2:  a story, theme, or personage that may or may not be factual, preserved in oral or written form as an embodiment of a people’s ideals and accepted truths.
example:  There are various myths surrounding King Arthur.

definition 3:  a story or belief, or body of stories or beliefs, that has no demonstrated basis in fact but is accepted as true without examination or investigation.
example:  It is a myth that lightning never strikes again in the same place.
example:  The author of the book takes on the myth of Western cultural superiority.
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Jan
20
2015

apparently

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adverb
definition 1:  judging from all available information or visible evidence; seemingly.
example:  They apparently left in a hurry; the TV is still on and they left the door unlocked.
example:  No one knows exactly how the accident happened, but, apparently, both drivers were speeding.

definition 2:  most certainly; clearly.
example:  Apparently, you don’t care how anybody else feels about it!
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Jan
19
2015

significance

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sihg nI f@ k@ns

definition 1:  importance; consequence.
example: The fact that the suspect was left-handed had significance for the police.
example:  July 4, 1776 is a date of great significance for the American people.
example:  She sold her engagement ring as it no longer had any significance for her.

definition 2:  meaning.
example:  The children saw the sign that said “No Trespassing,” but they didn’t understand its significance.
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