Open and Shut Case

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Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE - Open and Shut Case

Advanced Vocabulary for the GRE
to exculpateverb

pronounce not guilty of criminal charges

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to abjureverb

*** to renounce upon oath

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to abrogateverb

to formally end a law, agreement, etc.

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to censureverb

rebuke formally

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to condoneverb

excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with

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to documentverb

to support an argument, etc. using facts

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to enjoinverb

to give instructions to or direct somebody to do something

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to ferretverb

search and discover through persistent investigation

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to forfeitverb

to lose or be forced to give up something such as a right, property, etc. as a punishment for transgression

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to immureverb

lock up or confine, in or as in a jail

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to imputeverb

attribute (responsibility or fault) to a cause or source

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to promulgateverb

put a law into effect by formal declaration

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to proscribeverb

command against

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to renderverb

give back

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to repudiateverb

refuse to acknowledge, ratify, or recognize as valid

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to sanctionverb

to officially approve or authorize an action or a change

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to vindicateverb

clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt with supporting proof

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advocatenoun

a lawyer who defends someone in a court of law

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anarchynoun

a situation in which there is no order or authority due to the failure of a government

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dispensationnoun

an exception made as a result of which one can do something that is not usually authorized

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entitlementnoun

right granted by law or contract (especially a right to benefits)

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malfeasancenoun

wrongful conduct by a public official

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malingerernoun

someone shirking their duty by feigning illness or incapacity

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martinetnoun

someone who demands exact conformity to rules and forms

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resolutionnoun

a formal decision or expression of opinion that is agreed by a group of people, especially after a vote

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apocryphaladjective

(of a statement or story) unlikely to be authentic, although widely believed to be true

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appurtenantadjective

furnishing added support

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bogusadjective

fraudulent; having a misleading appearance

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defamatoryadjective

(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign

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dubiousadjective

unlikely to be of value

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inviolableadjective

not capable of being violated or infringed

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inviolateadjective

must be kept sacred

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judiciousadjective

marked by the exercise of good judgment or common sense in practical matters

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prohibitiveadjective

*** preventing people from doing something by law

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unimpeachableadjective

free of guilt; not subject to blame

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venialadjective

easily excused or forgiven

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wilyadjective

marked by skill in deception

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