Category: Academic Vocabulary of the Day

Daily definitions and usage information about general academic vocabulary.

Aug
13
2015

passive

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pae sihv

adjective
definition 1:  receiving an action without acting in return, or being unresponsive to something that affects or might be expected to affect one directly.
example:  The demonstrators remained passive as they were beaten by government troops.
example:  She was surprisingly passive when she was told the news of her husband’s accident.

definition 2:  tending to offer no resistance; submissive; compliant.
example:  He is so passive that people take advantage of him.

definition 3:  not participating; inactive.
example:  She feels that the university students have become passive, not participating or taking any interest in their government.
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Aug
12
2015

hypothesis

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haI pa th@ sihs

noun
definition 1:  a proposed explanation that accounts for observed phenomena or known facts and that can be used to guide further investigation.
example:  He put forward the hypothesis that dreams function to solve conflicts within the mind.
example:  Do the results of your research support your hypothesis?
example:  The evidence from their experiment forced them to reject their hypothesis.

definition 2:  a proposition assumed to be true for the purposes of a particular argument; premise.
example:  Let’s start out with the hypothesis that these kinds of tests are fair.
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Aug
11
2015

found

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faUnd

transitive verb
definition 1:  to set up or create; establish.
example:  Gallaudet University was founded in 1864.
example:  Peter the Great of Russia founded the city of St. Petersburg at the cost of many lives.

definition 2:  to establish the grounds for; base.
example:  He founded his theory on established principles.
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Aug
10
2015

crucial

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kru sh@l

adjective
definition:  of decisive importance; critical.
example:  Having a first-aid kit can be crucial in an emergency.
example:  This information was crucial in making the decision.
example:  Clean water is crucial to all life.
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Aug
07
2015

emigrate

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em ih greit

intransitive verb
definition:  to leave one country or region, usu. the country of origin, in order to settle in another.
example:  Her ancestors emigrated from Ireland during the famine and came to the United States.
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