Make up Your Mind!

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Make up Your Mind!

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
accountabilitynoun

the fact of being responsible for what someone does and being able to explain the reasons

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acquittalnoun

an official judgment in court of law that declares someone not guilty of the crime they were charged with

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adjudicatornoun

someone who makes a formal decision about who is right in an argument or dispute

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volitionnoun

the faculty to use free will and make decisions

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vetonoun

refusal of or disagreement with something

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verdictnoun

an opinion given or a decision made after much consideration

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partialitynoun

an inclination to favor one group or view or opinion over alternatives

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leaningnoun

a tendency to believe in or favor something

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grudgenoun

a deep feeling of anger and dislike toward someone because of what they did in the past

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free willnoun

the idea that human beings have the agency to decide independently without being controlled by any outside influences

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dilemmanoun

a situation that is difficult because a choice must be made between two or more options that are equally important

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to deliberateverb

to think carefully about something and consider it before making a decision

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to settle onverb

to decide or choose something after considering all possible alternatives

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to take againstverb

to start to dislike someone or something

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unanimousadjective

(of a group) fully in agreement on something

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to think oververb

to consider a matter carefully before reaching a decision

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to put off
to put offverb

to postpone or cancel an appointment or arrangement

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indecisiveadjective

(of a person) unable to make quick and effective decisions

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incisiveadjective

having or showing common sense, and the capability of expressing an idea in a convincing way

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finickyadjective

demanding or showing an excessive care and attention to small details

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to stipulateverb

to specify that something needs to be done or how it should be done, especially as part of an agreement

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rigorousadjective

(of a rule, process, etc.) strictly followed or applied

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adherencenoun

the fact of complying with a command, order, impulse, etc. or following someone's rules and beliefs

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prerequisitenoun

something that is required as a precondition for something else following

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advisoryadjective

aiming to provide advice and suggestions

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to act onverb

to take action based on someone's advice or information

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to commend
to commendverb

to mention someone or something with approval and put them forward as suitable

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to heedverb

to be attentive to advice or a warning

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to insinuateverb

to make an implicit suggestion that something is true or is the case

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to indicateverb

to represent something; to suggest that something is likely

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implicitadjective

able to suggest without directly mentioning

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inadvisableadjective

not sensible and likely to have unwanted consequences

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to postulateverb

an idea or assumption that serves as a premise of reasoning, or argumentation

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to promptverb

to encourage someone to do or say something

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to propoundverb

to put an idea, proposition, theory, etc. forward for further consideration

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to prefigureverb

to perceive something as a sign that indicates the occurrence of something good or evil

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