Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Beyond a Shadow of a Doubt

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
certitudenoun

the feeling of complete certainty

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convictionnoun

a belief or opinion that is very strong

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robustadjective

displaying forcefulness and determination

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tentativeadjective

(of an agreement, etc.) indefinite or uncertain because one might make some changes to it in the future

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decidedlyadverb

in a way that is certain and beyond any doubt

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supposedlyadverb

based on what is believed or claimed not on facts

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presumablyadverb

used to say that the thing mentioned is based on an assumption

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inconclusiveadjective

not producing a clear result or decision

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notionaladjective

being solely based on imagination or theory rather that reality

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surmisenoun

an estimation that points out the validity of something without sufficient evidence to confirm it

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educated guessnoun

a guess that is made according to one's experience or knowledge thus is more likely to be true

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conjecturenoun

an idea that is based on guesswork and not facts

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to guesstimateverb

to estimate something by calculating and guessing

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to check oververb

examine so as to determine accuracy, quality, or condition

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to swear byverb

to be certain that something is good or useful

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speculativeadjective

according to opinions or guesses instead of facts

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to second-guessverb

to predict or anticipate an event or someone's reaction

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reputedlyadverb

used to say that something is true according to what people say, although it is uncertain

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haltingadjective

acting or talking with hesitation due to uncertainty or lack of confidence

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probabilisticadjective

being solely based on an idea or theory one cannot be certain about

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concreteadjective

according to facts instead of opinions

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to let the dust settlephrase

to allow or wait for a situation to become calm or clear after a period of excitement, confusion, etc.

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paradoxicaladjective

(of a statement) containing two opposing facts or ideas that make it seem absurd

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foregone conclusionnoun

a result that is definitive

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a long shotphrase

used to refer to something that is likely to fail but worth a try

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to cross-checkverb

to check the accuracy or validity of something by using alternative sources or methods

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categoricaladjective

without a doubt

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cinchnoun

someone who will surely do something; something that will surely happen

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beyond doubtadverb

without a doubt; used to show certainty

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if in doubtphrase

‌used to offer advice or instructions to someone who is incapable of making decisions

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