Keep an Open Mind!

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Keep an Open Mind!

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
unanimitynoun

a situation in which all those involved are in complete agreement on something

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to advocateverb

to publicly support something

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to confuteverb

to disprove something or someone

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to biasverb

to create a situation in which the outcome of an experiment or study is not valid due to not including a contributing factor

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altercationnoun

a noisy dispute

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presuppositionnoun

something that one perceives to be true, even though it remains to be proved, especially at the beginning of an argument

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to accord withverb

to agree with or correspond to something

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bone of contentionnoun

a subject over which people disagree

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adversary
adversarynoun

a person that one is opposed to and fights or competes with

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to bickerverb

to argue over unimportant things

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ammunitionnoun

a set of facts or information that can be used to win an argument against someone or to criticize them

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concurrencenoun

the state of being in agreement

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approbationnoun

official approval or agreement

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to conformverb

to correspond to or agree with something

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to assentverb

to agree to something, such as a suggestion, request, etc.

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assertionnoun

a statement representing a fact or what you strongly believe in

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avowalnoun

an open declaration or affirmation of one’s opinions

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conformitynoun

behavior that corresponds to socially accepted rules

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contentionnoun

strong disagreement

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deadlocknoun

a situation in which the parties involved do not compromise and therefore are unable to reach an agreement

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to differverb

to disagree with someone; to have a different opinion

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dissentnoun

disagreement with what is officially or commonly accepted

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dissidentnoun

someone who declares opposition to the government of one's country, knowing there is punishment for doing so

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to divergeverb

(of views, opinions, etc.) to be different from each other

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dogmanoun

a belief or set of beliefs laid down or held by an authority that people are expected to accept without any second thoughts

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extrapolationnoun

the act of using known facts or existing trends in order to conclude or estimate something assuming that the current trends or facts will remain relevant

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feudnoun

a heated argument that lasts for a long time

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schismnoun

a division between a group of people caused by their disagreement over beliefs or views

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heresynoun

an opinion that is profoundly against the official principles of a particular religion

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to pleadverb

to state something as an excuse

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anodyneadjective

not likely to offend people or cause disagreement or tension

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contradictoryadjective

(of statements, beliefs, facts, etc.) lacking agreement between each other

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declamatoryadjective

expressing one’s feelings in a dramatic and forceful way

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incontestableadjective

true and therefore impossible to be denied or disagreed with

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dialecticaladjective

discovering the truth of ideas by logically discussing the opposite ideas

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evangelicaladjective

very eager to persuade people to accept one's views or opinions

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disposedadjective

having a specific feeling, opinion, or attitude about someone or something

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polemicadjective

involving rational arguments to support or oppose an opinion, usually the opposite of others'

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vociferousadjective

confidently expressing one's opinion in a loud and firm voice

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to sustainverb

to support an opinion, argument, theory, etc. or to prove it's credibility

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to scornverb

to have no respect for someone or something because one thinks they are stupid or undeserving

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