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Disposition

N. a person's inherent qualities of mind and character:

- a sweet-natured girl of a placid disposition

- he has the disposition of a saint

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Quid pro quo

N. one thing in return for another:

- a hard-nosed quid pro quo

- The Chinese may make some concessions on 

trade, but they will no doubtdemand a quid pro quo

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Perfunctory

Adj. (of an action) carried out without real interest, feeling, or effort:

- he gave a perfunctory nod 

- perfunctory courtesy

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Yield

V. 1. produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product):

- the land yields grapes and tobacco.
 

Produce or generate (a result, gain, or financial return):

- this method yields the same results

- such investments yield direct cash returns.

 

2. give way to arguments, demands, or pressure:

- the Western powers now yielded when they should have resisted

- he yielded to the demands of his partners.

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Forlorn

1 pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely:

- forlorn figures at bus stops.

- London was a forlorn place

2 (of an aim or endeavour) unlikely to succeed or be fulfilled:

- a forlorn attempt to escape.

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Adjacent

Adj. Next to or adjoining something else:

- adjacent rooms

- the area adjacent to the station.

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Machination

N. (usu. machinations) a plot or scheme:

- The machinations of the Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are immaterial

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Immaterial

Adj. unimportant under the circumstances; irrelevant:

- the difference in our ages is immaterial.

- But for most Democrats, the flaws in the legislation 

are immaterial.

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Besotted

Adj. Strongly infatuated:

- he became besotted with a local barmaid 

- he was besotted with his baby girl

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Obtuse

Adj. annoyingly insensitive or slow to understand:

- he wondered if the doctor was being deliberately obtuse.

- moral obtuseness

• difficult to understand, especially deliberately so:

- some of the lyrics are a bit obtuse.

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Unabashed

Adj. Not embarrassed, disconcerted, or ashamed:

- he was unabashed by the furore his words provoked

- unabashedsilliness viewers seem to love.

 

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Expectant 

Adj. having or showing an excited feeling that something is about to happen, especially something good:

- expectant crowds arrived early 

- an expectant mother

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Fatwa

N. an Islamic decree by a recognized authority.

- The fatwa drove Rushdie into hiding

- The Islamic State released a Fatwa detailing explicit

rules on sexual slavery 

 

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Deferential

Adj. showing deference; respectful:

- people were always deferential to him

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Constituent

1 being a part of a whole:

- the constituent minerals of the rock.

- the constituent parts of the organisation 

2 being a voting member of an organization and having the power to appoint or elect:

- the constituent assembly has a right of veto.

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Incumbent

1 (incumbent on/upon) necessary for (someone) as a duty or responsibility: the government realized that it was incumbent on them to act.

2 [ attrib. ] (of an official or regime) currently holding office: the incumbent President was defeated.

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Append

V. add (something) to the end of a written document:

- the results of the survey are appended to this chapter.

- along comes "social" innovation, a label that has been

appended to hundreds of conferences, articles and...

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Divergent

Adj. tending to be different or develop in different directions:

- divergent interpretations

- varieties of English can remain astonishingly divergent from one another.

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Solicitous

Adj. Characterized by or showing interest or concern:

- she was always solicitous about the welfare of her students

- a solicitous enquiry.

 

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Ilk

N. a type of person or thing similar to one already referred to:

- the veiled suggestions that reporters of his ilk seem to be so good at

- there was music by Parry and Elgar and others of that ilk.