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orthography
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n. a part of language study that deals with letters and spelling
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paradigm
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n. the generally accepted perspective of a particular discipline at a given time
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parameter
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n. any factor that defines a system and determines (or limits) its performance
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pecuniary
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a. relating to or involving money, consisting of or measured in money
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photosynthesis
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n. synthesis of compounds with the aid of radiant energy (especially in plants)
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plagiarize
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v. take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
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plasma
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n. the colorless watery fluid of the blood and lymph that contains no cells, but in which the blood cells are suspended
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polymer
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n. a naturally occurring or synthetic compound consisting of large molecules made up of a linked series of repeated simple monomers
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precipitous
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a. done with very great haste and without due deliberation, extremely steep
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quasar
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n. massive and extremely remote celestial object
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quotidian
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a. found in the ordinary course of events, occurring every day
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recapitulate
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v. repeat an earlier theme of a composition, repeat stages of evolutionary development during the embryonic phase of life
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reciprocal
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a. of or relating to the multiplicative inverse of a quantity or function
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reparation
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n. compensation exacted from a defeated nation by the victors, compensation (given or received) for an insult or injury
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respiration
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n. the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation, the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide
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sanguine
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n. a blood-red color, confidently optimistic and cheerful
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soliloquy
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n. a (usually long) dramatic speech intended to give the illusion of unspoken reflections, speech you make to yourself
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subjugate
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v. put down by force or intimidation, make subservient, force to submit or subdue
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suffragist
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n. an advocate of the extension of voting rights (especially to women)
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supercilious
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a. having or showing arrogant superiority to and disdain of those one views as unworthy, expressive of contempt
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