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Flashcards in P (set 3) Deck (25):
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polarize

to break up into opposing factions

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polemic

a powerful argument often made to attack or refute a controversial issue

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ponderous

large and clumsy

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portent

an omen

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postulate

something accepted as true without proof; axiom

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pragmatic

practical; down-to-earth; based on experience

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precendent

an earlier example or model of something

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precept

a rule to live by; a maxim

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percipitate

to cause to happen abruptly

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precipitous

steep

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preclude

to prevent something from ever happening

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percursor

forerunner; something that goes before and paves the way

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predilection

a natural preference for something

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preeminent

better than anyone else; outstanding

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preempt

to seize something by prior right

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premise

an assumption; the basis for a conclusion

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prepossess

to preoccupy; to prejudice or make a good impression beforehand

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prerogative

a right or privilege connected exclusively with a position

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prevail

to triumph; to overcome rivals; to persuade

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pristine

original; unspoiled; pure

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prodigal

wastefully extravagant

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prodigious

extraordinary; enormous

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profane

not having to do with religion; irreverent; blasphemous

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profess

to declare; to pretend

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proficient

thoroughly competent; skillful