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criterion

criterion

/kɹaɪˈtɪɹiən/
noun
a principle or standard by which something is judged or decided
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So, what are the criteria that these chickens need to meet to be worth thousands of dollars?

The nature of different auctions has acquired a different criteria of what the audience expects.

We had an extensive survey of about 65 sites right across the US against a whole range of criteria.

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decision maker

decision maker

/dᵻsˈɪʒən mˈeɪkɚ/
noun
a person who makes important decisions in a large organization
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This is a good thing, since human beings are not perfectly designed decision makers.

These early customers will close more quickly as the buyer is usually the decision maker.

Myself and the board are the final decision makers and it was our call to release the game.

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to favor

to favor

/ˈfeɪvɝ/
verb
to prefer something such as a plan, policy, etc. to an alternative
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Others favor a less lifelike approach.

We favor learning.

But then of likely Trump voters, that poll found that forty-three percent of them were going to favor Trump.

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preference

preference

/ˈpɹɛfɝəns/, /ˈpɹɛfɹəns/
noun
an instance of wanting or liking something more than something else
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That's my personal preference.

I completely understand that is a personal preference.

So it's just personal preference.

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resolution

resolution

/ˌɹɛzəˈɫuʃən/
noun
a serious decision to behave or not to behave in a certain way or to do or not to do something particular
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You have any New Year resolutions?

I mean, the display resolution is terrible.

Not only is it huge, but the quality is amazing, with 12K resolution.

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accountability

accountability

/əˈkaʊnəbɪɫɪti/, /əˈkaʊntəˌbɪɫɪti/
noun
the fact of being responsible for what someone does and being able to explain the reasons
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Accountability, I've got to check myself.

It takes a lot of accountability.

We want levels of accountability.

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to commit

to commit

/kəˈmɪt/
verb
to be dedicated to a person, cause, policy, etc.
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The pictures might show who committed the crime.

I didn't have to commit to a dedicated app.

He's committed to preserving Rogan art through education and social media.

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dilemma

dilemma

/dɪˈɫɛmə/
noun
a situation that is difficult because a choice must be made between two or more options that are equally important
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So I'm curious about that if anybody kind of has that whole dilemma.

Since then, many versions of this dilemma have been presented.

But now you and your partner face a dilemma.

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indecisive

indecisive

/ˌɪndɪˈsaɪsɪv/
adjective
(of a person) unable to make quick and effective decisions
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Also depression can make you feel indecisive.

But he's just indecisive.

- Are you indecisive?

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preferably

preferably

/ˈpɹɛfɝəbɫi/, /ˈpɹɛfɹəbɫi/
adverb
if possible; by choice or preference
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Ultimately, they will often look to settle in a patch of flotsam, preferably a patch of floating seaweed.

This is a Casper mattress, the way it works is you order it online, casper.com/smarter preferably.

I just need some form of identification, preferably like a debit card.

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to reconsider

to reconsider

/ˌɹikənˈsɪdɝ/
verb
to think again about an opinion or decision, particularly to see if it needs changing or not
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Popular opinion suggests it's high time to reconsider federal laws.

It adds a lot of sentimentality to the movie, and I could not reconsider watching the movie without those songs.

And if they reconsider it, boom, it's done.

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to take into account

to take into account

/tˈeɪk ˌɪntʊ ɐkˈaʊnt/
phrase
to consider something when trying to make a judgment or decision

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undecided

undecided

/ˌəndɪˈsaɪdɪd/
adjective
not yet made a decision or come to a judgment
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Yeah, I don't know, I'm still undecided.

People are still undecided.

- Freaking, undecided voters.

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verdict

verdict

/ˈvɝdɪkt/
noun
an official decision made on a lawsuit by the jury in a court after the legal proceedings
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So it'll be a while before the official verdict is in.

And the verdict is they don't break.

So what's the verdict on calling you cannoli?

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determined

determined

/dɪˈtɝmənd/
adjective
not changing one's decision to do something despite opposition
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He looks quiet, Jane, but he's very determined.

Card makers and collectors are determined to avoid repeating their mistakes and cash in on this popular alternative asset.

Charney was determined to make American Apparel a global brand.

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to contest

to contest

/ˈkɑntɛst/, /kənˈtɛst/
verb
to formally oppose or challenge a decision or a statement
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The symbiotic relationship between campaign finance and lobbying is often contested.

One proposed site, Yucca Mountain in Nevada, has been hotly contested for over 30 years.

The future of George Floyd Square is contested.

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inflexible

inflexible

/ˌɪnˈfɫɛksəbəɫ/
adjective
(of a rule, opinion, etc.) fixed and not easily changed
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Proper just-in-time supply chains must inherently be inflexible once formed, but their form is flexible.

So, I've always been kind of inflexible.

The pegs, as he saw them, were inflexible cylinders that contained some sort of yellow creature or film.

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jurisdiction

jurisdiction

/ˌdʒʊɹəsˈdɪkʃən/, /ˌdʒʊɹɪsˈdɪkʃən/
noun
the power or authority of a court of law or an organization to make legal decisions and judgements
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Some jurisdictions like New York City and Seattle have or are working up to a 15 dollar minimum wage.

Those algorithms had already been tried in other jurisdictions with controversial results.

That's appellate jurisdiction.

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inconclusive

inconclusive

/ˌɪnkənˈkɫusɪv/
adjective
not producing a clear result or decision
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it was just inconclusive.

You’ve got to give the guy creditbut the results were still inconclusive.

The scientific evidence remains inconclusive as to whether human activities affect the global climate.

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resistance

resistance

/ɹiˈzɪstəns/, /ɹɪˈzɪstəns/
noun
the act of refusing to accept or obey something such as a plan, law, or change
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My resistance surprised him, and he shouted for help.

When a truck enters the bed, it meets little resistance at first, then more as it travels.

But there is an overwhelming resistance to inoculation.

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to uphold

to uphold

/əpˈhoʊɫd/
verb
(particularly of a law court) to state that a previous decision is correct
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That was also the year Kathy and his three children signed a covenant promising to uphold Chick-fil-A's principles.

And the jury trial itself has given ordinary citizens a central role in upholding the social fabric.

A 25 kg ape has to eat 8 hours a day to uphold a brain with 53 billion neurons.

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absolute

absolute

/ˈæbsəˌɫut/
adjective
(of a decision or decree) final and unlikely to change
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But that is just absolute speculation," Lipo says.

I felt like absolute crap.

You are an absolute kumquat.

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decision

decision

/dɪˈsɪʒən/
noun
the act of reaching a choice or judgement after careful consideration
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Only time will tell if the important marketing decisions made earlier will be effective in selling the product.

Google's decision led to bad press around the world and requests for hearings in the U.S. Congress.

Huxley wanted this decision and 100% we saw that in family time with other people.

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option

option

/ˈɑpʃən/, /ˈɔpʃən/
noun
the act, right, or ability of choosing something
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Nowadays, other options are available.

There weren't a lot of options for me then.

My only other option was to type out the whole presentation.

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either

either

/ˈaɪðɝ/, /ˈiðɝ/
adverb
used after negative statements to indicate a similarity between two situations or feelings
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Ted was a year younger than Mike, and he didn't like soap and water, either.

"I don't smoke either.

I'll have nothing to do with you either.

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alternative

alternative

/ɔɫˈtɝnətɪv/
noun
any of the available possibilities that one can choose from
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There is now a surgical alternative to improve hearing without an external device.

She saw no alternatives until she read a magazine article about Jesse Sullivan and his bionic arm.

There's nothing wrong with suggesting an alternative, especially a cheaper alternative.

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judgement

judgement

/ˈdʒədʒmənt/
noun
the process of evaluating a person, object or event and coming to a conclusion
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Besides, we drink way too much La Croix to make any judgements.

And, in exercising this judgement, police officers size up a situation according to a number of factors.

And the British Empire’s bad judgement when it came to taxing colonies.

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taste

taste

/ˈteɪst/
noun
the ability to recognize something with good quality or high standard, especially in art, style, beauty, etc.
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The ads will certainly emphasize things like good taste, easy preparation, and high nutrition.

What do I know of tastes, ideas, emotions?' '

Temptation has a bitter taste,' he said, shaking his head. '

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default

default

/dɪˈfɔɫt/
noun
a predefined option based on which a computer or other device performs a particular task unless it is changed
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Her organization pressured major delivery apps to opt out of sending cutlery by default.

You've seen relatively significantly fewer defaults than we expected when the pandemic struck.

Or did other animals simply die, leaving them to rule the world by default?

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versus

versus

/ˈvɝsəs/, /ˈvɝsəz/
preposition
(in sport or law) used to show that two sides or teams are against each other
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It's a stark difference when you are just one of everybody else versus being the black guy.

I want this time to feel like it just happened versus searching for our child.

I feel like that gif versus jif thing just showed up right in front of my face.

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whether

whether

/ˈhwɛðɝ/, /ˈwɛðɝ/
conjunction
used to talk about a doubt or choice when facing two options
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There is some debate about whether this is a good thing.

It depends on whether you're going to stretch out your hand for happiness.

I wonder whether the master' Suddenly they saw me and broke off their conversation. '

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spoilt for choice

spoilt for choice

/spˈɔɪlt fɔːɹ tʃˈɔɪs/
phrase
unable to choose because there are a lot of choices

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to abide

to abide

/əˈbaɪd/
verb
(always negative) to tolerate someone or something
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His trio was expected to tour and record constantly, abiding to an exhausting schedule.

But this same technology can also be used on us law abiding citizens.

Ugh, Renoir, whom I cannot abide.

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