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Jul
14
2014

Sentence adverbs: evidently

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e vih dent li sense 1[or] e vih dənt li

1.as nearly as can be determined; apparently.
Evidently, the news of the coming hurricane never reached the island, or people would have tried to evacuate sooner.
He evidently misunderstood what she asked him because she was surprised at his response.

2. plainly; visibly.
He was evidently relieved to be released from his duty.

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Jul
11
2014

piecemeal

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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
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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Jul
09
2014

shakedown

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sheIk daUn

1. an attempt to get something, esp. money, by threat of violence or of revealing a discrediting secret; instance of blackmail or extortion.
Immigrants were subjected to harassment and shakedowns and restrictive new laws.

2. a complete, intensive search of a person or place.

3. a process or period of preliminary testing, as of a new machine or system.

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Jul
08
2014

irrepressible

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Ipre sə bəl

impossible to restrain, suppress, or keep under control.
He was seized by an irrepressible urge to laugh.
She was a lively and irrepressible child.

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