Category: Vocabulary

Jul
14
2014

equivocal

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

ih kwI v@ k@l

adjective
definition:  having at least two plausible alternative meanings, often intentionally so, in order to deceive or avoid commitment; ambiguous.
example:  We had hoped that her answer would help us make our decision, but her reply was equivocal.

definition 2:  doubtful or undecided, as in one’s opinion or attitude toward something.
example:  Her feelings about her son’s choice of a wife were equivocal.
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Jul
11
2014

piecemeal

Posted in Word of the Day by admin

pis mil

adverb
1. by adding or doing one piece at a time; gradually.
I acquired my collection piecemeal.

adjective
2. done or made one piece at a time.
The government promised reform but we have seen only piecemeal progress.

Word History: The “meal” in “piecemeal” is the same word we use for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Originally, in Old English, “meal,” then spelled “mael,”  meant “at a particular time” or “the food served (at a particular time).” This old meaning survives in the word “piecemeal,” which means “one piece at a time.”

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Jul
11
2014

successor

Posted in Academic Vocabulary of the Day by admin2

s@k se s@r

noun
definition:  a person or thing that follows upon or replaces another.
example:  He’s grooming his son to be his successor in the business.
example:  She’s helping in the training of her successor before starting her new job.
example:  The late king’s successor was a more progressive ruler.
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Jul
10
2014

inherent

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ihn he r@nt [or] ihn hi r@nt

adjective
definition 1:  existing in or belonging to something as an essential or inborn part of its nature; innate; intrinsic.
example:  Traveling upstream to spawn is part of an inherent instinct in salmon.
example:  Some people believe evil is inherent in humans.
example:  There are inherent risks in the use of nuclear power.
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Jul
10
2014

repercussion

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ri pər kuh shən
1. (usu. pl.) a result or effect of an action or event, often occurring indirectly or unexpectedly.
The invasion caused repercussions over the entire region.
2. a sound reverberation or echo.
The ground was shaken with the repercussion of distant volleys of artillery.

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