justifiable star_border/jus-ti-fi-able/ [jh.ah1.s.t.ah0.f.ay2.ah0.b.ah0.l] play_circle_filled
If something is justifiable, there is a good reason for it. For example:
- Her actions were quite justifiable in the circumstances.
justification star_border/jus-ti-fi-ca-tion/ [jh.ah2.s.t.ah0.f.ah0.k.ey1.sh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Justification is a good reason or explanation for something. Here are example sentences:
- There is no justification for treating people so badly.
- It can be said, with some justification, that she is one of the greatest actresses on the English stage today.
justify star_border/jus-ti-fy/ [jh.ah1.s.t.ah0.f.ay2] play_circle_filled
To justify is to provide or be a good reason for. For example:
- I can't really justify taking another day off work.
- He tried to justify his behavior by saying that he was being pressured unfairly by his boss.
- The fact that we are at war does not justify treating innocent people as criminals.
- It's hard to justify the cost of a new car right now. = It's hard to justify spending money on a new car right now.
advertent star_border/ad-ver-tent/ [no ipa available] play_circle_filled
Advertent is a word used to describe giving attention to something. For example, a nurse gives advertent care to her patients, whether she likes them or not- it is her job.
Example sentences of the word advertent:
- Farmers give advertent care to their plants.
- Parents give advertent care to their children.
You might be thinking that advertent should mean "intentional." Due to the fact that inadvertent means "unintentional." If we remove the negative prefix in- and you're left with that word's opposite, right? The recognized meaning of advertent falls opposite that older sense of inadvertent.
ambiguous star_border/am-bigu-ous/ [ae0.m.b.ih1.g.y.uw0.ah0.s] play_circle_filled
Ambiguous is an adjective used to describe a word or something that has more than one meaning. Look to the adjective ambiguous when you need to describe something that's open to more than one interpretation. They synonym of ambiguous is equivocal.
- We were confused by the ambiguous wording of the message.
- He looked at her with an ambiguous smile.
- Due to the ambiguous nature of the question, it was difficult to choose the right answer.
- This agreement is very ambiguous and open to various interpretations.
ambivalent star_border/am-biva-lent/ [ae0.m.b.ih1.v.ah0.l.ah0.n.t] play_circle_filled
Ambivalent means "having mixed feelings about something." If you're ambivalent you're being pulled by two equally strong things. You might feel ambivalent about your lunch options if you have to choose between a turkey sandwich or a ham sandwich- they will taste awfully similar. You normally don’t feel ambivalent about subjects that are very important in your life. For example “He seemed to be ambivalent about where we went for his birthday dinner.”
anonymous star_border/anony-mous/ [ah0.n.aa1.n.ah0.m.ah0.s] play_circle_filled
Definition: (Of a person) not identified by name; of unknown name:
- One anonymous student raises the concern that women are overly sexualized in society.
arbitrary star_border/ar-bi-trary/ [aa1.r.b.ah0.t.r.eh2.r.iy0] play_circle_filled
Definition: Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system:
- This numbering system is an arbitrary designation based on small amino acid sequence differences
conjunction star_border/con-junc-tion/ [k.ah0.n.jh.ah1.ng.k.sh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Definition: The action or an instance of two or more events or things occurring at the same point in time or space:
- The conjunction of events marks a widening of the challenge posed by San Francisco's mayor, who last month authorised wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples.
debilitating star_border/de-bil-i-tat-ing/ [d.ah0.b.ih1.l.ah0.t.ey2.t.ih0.ng] play_circle_filled
- The lack of investment savings has a debilitating effect on the economy
denote star_border/de-note/ [d.ih0.n.ow1.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: Be a sign of; indicate:
- The council has carried out risk assessments on all restricted areas and has reopened nearly three-quarters of the pathways - identified by a pink sign denoting a right of way.
destabilize star_border/desta-bi-lize/ [d.ih0.s.t.ey1.b.ah0.l.ay2.z] play_circle_filled
Definition: Upset the stability of; cause unrest in
- The relationship has come to dominate British debates affecting domestic and foreign issues and has destabilized both Labour and Conservative parties
devout star_border/de-vout/ [d.ih0.v.aw1.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: Having or showing deep religious feeling or commitment
- When I was brought back to faith it was through the prayers of my devout mother.
disposition star_border/dis-po-si-tion/ [d.ih2.s.p.ah0.z.ih1.sh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Definition: A person’s inherent qualities of mind and character
- There must be hundreds, thousands of words, which quite aptly describe persons of certain dispositions.
enigmatic star_border/enig-mat-ic/ [eh2.n.ih0.g.m.ae1.t.ih0.k] play_circle_filled
Something that's enigmatic is tough to figure out. It's puzzling and even mysterious, examples could include a tricky crossword puzzle or who made a crop circle in the field. “I couldn’t understand the enigmatic syllabus until the end of the class.” A good synonym for enigmatic is puzzling.
equivocal star_border/equiv-o-cal/ [ih0.k.w.ih1.v.ah0.k.ah0.l] play_circle_filled
If you are equivocal, you are deliberately vague in what you say, because you want to avoid speaking the truth or making a decision. Here are example sentences:
- He responded to reporters' questions with equivocal answers.
If something is equivocal, it is difficult to understand, interpret, or explain, often because it has aspects that seem to contradict each other. Here are example sentences:
- Research in this area is somewhat equivocal.
halt star_border/halt/ [hh.ao1.l.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: cause to stop
- A halt to the release of raw methane from oil and gas operations is critical to combating global warming.
- The handful of approved treatments only provide modest and temporary relief for symptoms such as memory loss; none halt the disease's progress.
impulsively star_border/im-pul-sive-ly/ [ih2.m.p.ah1.l.s.ih0.v.l.iy0] play_circle_filled
Definition: in an impulsive or impetuous way; without taking cautions
- Research suggests that feeling “too positive” can interfere with decision making and cause people to neglect environmental threats and act impulsively.
- This type of a snack can help you avoid becoming so hungry during the day that you impulsively over-consume calories at the next meal.
inadvertent star_border/in-ad-ver-tent/ [ih2.n.ah0.d.v.er1.t.ah0.n.t] play_circle_filled
When something happens by accident, it's inadvertent, or unintentional. .When your actions are inadvertent you're not paying attention to their consequences.
Example of inadvertent usage:
- I’m sorry I forgot to pay rent that was inadvertent.
- The gas company assured you that the error in your bill was inadvertent and that they would fix it.
inadvertently star_border/in-ad-ver-tent-ly/ [ih2.n.ah0.d.v.er1.t.ah0.n.t.l.iy0] play_circle_filled
Inadvertently is an adverb that means "without knowledge or intent," like when you inadvertently take someone else's coat from the coatroom because it looks just like yours.
Example sentences using the word inadvertently:
- I inadvertently (meaning accidentally, mistakenly) dialed the wrong number.
- I inadvertently deleted your phone number
- She inadvertently told my husband about his surprise party
incomprehensible star_border/in-com-pre-hen-si-ble/ [ih2.ng.k.aa2.m.p.r.ah0.hh.eh1.n.s.ih0.b.ah0.l] play_circle_filled
Incomprehensible means it's difficult to understand and it might be impossible to explain. Many unfamiliar customs or rituals seem incomprehensible from a distance, for example, people who don’t wear shoes at all may find it incomprehensible why women would wear high heels. Used in a sentence, “It is incomprehensible why my family spent so much money on a vacation.”
- I found his behavior utterly incomprehensible.
- It's incomprehensible to me that he could have acted that way.
- Her speech was almost incomprehensible.
infestation star_border/in-fes-ta-tion/ [ih2.n.f.eh1.s.t.ey1.sh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Definition: the state of being invaded or overrun by parasite
- Indeed, worm infestations, lice and a variety of other health problems plague the residents of the water villages.
instinct star_border/in-stinct/ [ih1.n.s.t.ih0.ng.k.t] play_circle_filled
An instinct is something you don't need to learn — it happens naturally, without you even thinking about it. Babies cry by instinct, and ducks follow their mother by instinct. If you have an instinct for something, you are naturally good at it.
- Her instincts told her that something was wrong. (This means she believed that something was wrong even though there was no obvious reason to believe it).
- I didn't have as strong a maternal instinct as some other mothers.
- The basis for training relies on the dog's natural instinct to hunt and retrieve.
- He always knew what time it was, as if by instinct.
- I acted purely on instinct.
He bent down, obeying a deep instinct to protect himself from danger.
a natural instinct
I followed my natural instinct to run away.
somebody's first/initial instinct
His first instinct was to try and hide.
somebody's gut instinct informal (=someone's first instinct)
Her gut instinct about Jimmy had been right.
It's a natural human instinct to comfort someone who is unhappy.
It's animal instinct to attack the leader of the herd when his strength begins to fail.
trust your instinct(s) (also rely on your instincts) (=believe that your instincts are correct)
I've trusted my instincts in the past and they've usually been right.
instinctive star_border/in-stinc-tive/ [ih2.n.s.t.ih1.ng.k.t.ih0.v] play_circle_filled
The adjective instinctive describes something you do without thinking about it. If you have an instinctive desire to help animals, you might automatically stop your car to pick up every stray dog you see. Adults also have instinctive reflexes — like yawning, or the reflex that makes you kick your leg when the doctor hits your knee with a rubber mallet.
Something that is instinctive occurs naturally, like the way babies know how to cry as soon as they're born.
Things that are instinctive to you are part of your personality. Every day, you may walk to the coffee machine before you realize what you are doing, but having a morning coffee is an instinctive part of your morning routine.
intrusion star_border/in-tru-sion/ [ih2.n.t.r.uw1.zh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Definition: A thing that intrudes; The action or process of forcing a body of igneous rock between or through existing formations, without reaching the surface
- Overthrusting, volcanism, and plutonic igneous intrusion were identified as originating above the subduction zone where one plate is forced beneath the edge of its neighbour.
- Traffic generates noise and pollution, and is an intrusion for many areas.
intrusive star_border/in-tru-sive/ [ih2.n.t.r.uw1.s.ih0.v] play_circle_filled
Definition: Causing disruption or annoyance through being unwelcome or uninvited:
- That was an intrusive question
nonsensical star_border/non-sen-si-cal/ [n.aa0.n.s.eh1.n.s.ih0.k.ah0.l] play_circle_filled
Definition: Having no meaning; making no sense
- It was a nonsensical argument and one got the impression that Kerr did not believe it himself.
oblique star_border/oblique/ [ah0.b.l.iy1.k] play_circle_filled
Definition: Neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; slanting
- We sat on the settee oblique to the fireplace
oblivious star_border/obliv-i-ous/ [ah0.b.l.ih1.v.iy0.ah0.s] play_circle_filled
If you are oblivious to something or oblivious of it, you are not aware of it.
- She kept dancing, oblivious to everyone around her.
overexpose star_border/over-ex-pose/ [ow2.v.er0.ih0.k.s.p.ow1.z] play_circle_filled
Definition: Expose too much, especially to the public eye or to risk:
- The dollar pessimists argue that the Asian central banks are already dangerously overexposed both to the dollar and to the U.S. bond market
overshadow star_border/over-shad-ow/ [ow1.v.er0.sh.ae1.d.ow0] play_circle_filled
Definition: Appear more prominent or important than
- With just five weeks to go before the midterm elections, the talk of war appears to be overshadowing other issues, such as the economy and Social Security.
participative star_border/par-tic-i-pa-tive/ [p.aa2.r.t.ih1.s.ah0.p.ah0.t.ih0.v] play_circle_filled
Definition: That participates, or is capable of participating
- Compared with our existing lunchtime lectures and conversations with artists, this programme will be more participative, more in depth and dealing with more general themes.
puzzling star_border/puz-zling/ [p.ah1.z.ah0.l.ih0.ng] play_circle_filled
Something that's puzzling is confusing, or hard to understand. You might also come across particularly puzzling questions on a test or quiz — these are the hard ones, taking a long time to figure out and requiring a lot of thought. “The ending of the book was puzzling, I don’t understand it.
receptive star_border/re-cep-tive/ [r.ih0.s.eh1.p.t.ih0.v] play_circle_filled
Definition: Able to receive signals or stimuli
- The goldfish’s vision is receptive to a wider band of light than almost any other animal.
- Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, embedded dirt and toxins, and stimulates the skin, making it receptive to the nutrient-rich facial mask that should follow.
receptor star_border/re-cep-tor/ [r.iy0.s.eh1.p.t.er0] play_circle_filled
Definition: An organ or cell able to respond to light, heat, or other external stimulus and transmit a signal to a sensory nerve:
- Our own skin contains a battery of touch receptors that produce nerve signals when pressed.
reciprocate star_border/rec-i-p-ro-cate/ [r.ih0.s.ih1.p.r.ah0.k.ey2.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: Respond to (a gesture or action) by making a corresponding one:
- This was a phenomenal break for the band and they reciprocated the gesture with an astounding and memorable performance.
repellent star_border/re-pel-lent/ [r.ih0.p.eh1.l.ah0.n.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: A substance that dissuades particular insects or other pests from approaching or settling
- The fruits make good outdoor Christmas ornaments or could be used as insect pest repellents in the winter.
stringent star_border/strin-gent/ [s.t.r.ih1.n.jh.ah0.n.t] play_circle_filled
Definition: Of regulations, requirements, or conditions) strict, precise, and exacting
- Their produce must be processed under the most stringent conditions by well-trained staff.
transmission star_border/trans-mis-sion/ [t.r.ae0.n.s.m.ih1.sh.ah0.n] play_circle_filled
Definition: The action or process of transmitting something or the state of being transmitted:
- Even the most simple information can be forgotten or distorted in the process of transmission.
treacherous star_border/treach-er-ous/ [t.r.eh1.ch.er0.ah0.s] play_circle_filled
Definition: (Of ground, water, conditions, etc.) presenting hidden or unpredictable dangers
- A holidaymaker was swept away by treacherous currents.
unanimously star_border/unan-i-mous-ly/ [y.uw0.n.ae1.n.ah0.m.ah0.s.l.iy0] play_circle_filled
Definition: Without opposition; with the agreement of all people involved
- The Board of Governors voted unanimously to allow the administrators to unionize. A committee of MPs has unanimously agreed to back his bill.