Every Action Has a Reaction

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Essential Vocabulary for the GRE - Every Action Has a Reaction

Essential Vocabulary for the GRE
aftereffectnoun

an effect that results from an action or event

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aftermathnoun

the situation that follows a very unpleasant event such as a war, natural disaster, accident, etc.

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augmentationnoun

the act or process of adding the amount, value, or size of something

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to bring aboutverb

to cause something to occur

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by-productnoun

something that happens incidentally and unexpectedly as a result of something else

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causationnoun

the action or process of causing a particular thing

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causalitynoun

the relationship between a cause and its effect

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to come into effectphrase

to begin to apply; to start to be used

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consequentadjective

occurring as a result of something particular

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contributoryadjective

playing a part in causing something

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cumulativeadjective

increasing gradually as more and more is added

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to deteriorateverb

to become worse than before

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effectualadjective

producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect

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ensuingadjective

following something or resulting from it

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to eventuateverb

to take place as a result

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hereinadverb

in this document, situation, place, etc.

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to implyverb

to suggest that one thing is the logical consequence of the other

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to induceverb

to cause a particular thing

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to instigateverb

to cause something to begin or occur

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to proliferateverb

to cause something to rapidly increase in numbers or grow in size

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repercussionnoun

an unintended effect of something, usually a negative and long lasting one

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to stem fromverb

to arise from or be caused by something

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wherebyadverb

used for indicating that something is done in accordance with the mentioned rule, approach, method, etc.

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to avertverb

to prevent something dangerous or unpleasant from happening

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to triggerverb

to cause something to happen

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acutelyadverb

in a way that is dangerous or extreme

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to bewareverb

to warn someone to be cautious about a dangerous person or thing

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criticaladjective

(of a problem or situation) very serious and possibly disastrous

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daredevilnoun

someone who is reckless and likes putting themselves in danger

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escapadenoun

a thrilling yet potentially dangerous adventure, particularly one that people think is idiotic to embark on

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to spawnverb

to cause something to be created, particularly in large numbers

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hazardous
hazardousadjective

presenting danger or threat, particularly to people's health

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parlousadjective

(of a condition) dangerous, terrible, or uncertain

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precautionaryadjective

taken in advance in order to avoid something dangerous or unpleasant from happening

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quicksandnoun

a hazardous or difficult situation that is very hard to get out of

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to underlieverb

to be the basic reason behind something

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