Making a Decision

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Vocabulary for IELTS (General) - Lesson 11

Vocabulary for IELTS (General)
criterionnoun

a principle or standard by which something is judged or decided

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decision makernoun

a person who makes important decisions in a large organization

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to favorverb

to prefer something such as a plan, policy, etc. to an alternative

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preferencenoun

an instance of wanting or liking something more than something else

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resolutionnoun

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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accountabilitynoun

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

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to commitverb

to be dedicated to a person, cause, policy, etc.

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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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indecisiveadjective

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

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preferablyadverb

if possible; by choice or preference

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to reconsiderverb

to think again about an opinion or decision, particularly to see if it needs changing or not

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to take into accountphrase

to consider something when trying to make a judgment or decision

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undecidedadjective

not yet made a decision or come to a judgment

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verdictnoun

an official decision made on a lawsuit by the jury in a court after the legal proceedings

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determinedadjective

not changing one's decision to do something despite opposition

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to contestverb

to formally oppose or challenge a decision or a statement

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inflexibleadjective

(of a rule, opinion, etc.) fixed and not easily changed

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jurisdictionnoun

the power or authority of a court of law or an organization to make legal decisions and judgements

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inconclusiveadjective

not producing a clear result or decision

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resistancenoun

the act of refusing to accept or obey something such as a plan, law, or change

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to upholdverb

(particularly of a law court) to state that a previous decision is correct

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absoluteadjective

(of a decision or decree) final and unlikely to change

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decisionnoun

the act of reaching a choice or judgement after careful consideration

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optionnoun

the act, right, or ability of choosing something

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eitheradverb

used after negative statements to indicate a similarity between two situations or feelings

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alternativenoun

any of the available possibilities that one can choose from

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judgementnoun

the process of evaluating a person, object or event and coming to a conclusion

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tastenoun

the ability to recognize something with good quality or high standard, especially in art, style, beauty, etc.

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defaultnoun

a predefined option based on which a computer or other device performs a particular task unless it is changed

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versuspreposition

(in sport or law) used to show that two sides or teams are against each other

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whetherconjunction

used to talk about a doubt or choice when facing two options

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spoilt for choicephrase

unable to choose because there are a lot of choices

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to abideverb

(always negative) to tolerate someone or something

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