ih kwI v@ k@l
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.
1. by adding or doing one piece at a time; gradually.
I acquired my collection piecemeal.
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.”
s@k se s@r
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.
ihn he r@nt [or] ihn hi r@nt
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.
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.