Abstractedly means not paying attention, preoccupied, or removed. He sat through the lecture gazing abstractedly out the window. Abstractly means hard to understand or unspecific. Without pictures, he could only abstractly describe the tool.
Abstemious means eating or drinking in moderation. Barb’s abstemious habits probably ensure her a longer life. Abstinent means abstaining from something (food, drink, etc.). The young men pledge to remain abstinent until age 21.
About refers to a rough estimate. We are about halfway through the class and enjoying it. Approximately refers to near accuracy. The college currently enrolls approximately 4,000 students. Around refers to a physical proximity or surrounding. We’ll look for you around the front of the building.
Abnormal means deviating from the average. Her abnormal powers of concentration enable her to score well. Subnormal means less than normal or below the average. His SAT scores are subnormal and not as high as he expected.
Abjure means to recant, renounce, or repudiate something. To the council’s surprise, he abjures all rights to his citizenship. Adjure means to appeal, entreat, or order something. The club adjures its members to show respect at all times.
Ability refers to the power to do something. Some vitamins are said to have the ability to prevent colds. Capacity refers to the ability to hold or contain something. Madison Square Garden has a capacity of 20,000 seats.
Abdicate means to give up, relinquish power, or renounce formally. By leaving the job, did Paul abdicate his rights to a pension? Abrogate means to abolish, cancel, or revoke something. Why are the politicians seeking to abrogate the agreement? Arrogate means to take, claim, or assume without any right. He arrogated to himself what should […]
Aberrant means unusual or away from the norm. A complaint was filed concerning their aberrant behavior. Abhorrent means to detest something. People would find this material obscene and abhorrent.
An abbreviation is a shortened word form of a word or phrase that cannot be pronounced as another word (Dept., Prof. Mgr., etc.). An acronym is a group of initials that can be pronounced as a word (radar, scuba, sonar, etc). An initialism is a group of initials that cannot be pronounced as a word (FBI, HTML, […]
A while, a noun phrase, is used as the object of the prepositions for and in. Tom and Linda have decided to stay for a while in Otego. In a while, Tom and Linda leave Otego for good. Awhile is an adverb that means for a time. Tom and Linda are deciding whether to stay […]