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Writing an essay

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  1. accept

    receive willingly something given or offered
  2. accordingly

    in agreement with
  3. actually

    in fact
  4. additional

    further or extra
  5. adjacent

    having a common boundary or edge
  6. admit

    declare to be true or accept the reality of
  7. affirmative

    giving assent
  8. alleged

    doubtful or suspect
  9. alternative

    one of a number of things from which only one can be chosen
  10. amplify

    increase the volume of
  11. analogy

    drawing a comparison in order to show a similarity
  12. analysis

    abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts
  13. apply

    employ for a particular purpose
  14. assess

    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  15. assumption

    the act of taking something for granted
  16. brief

    of short duration or distance
  17. catalogue

    a complete list of things, usually arranged systematically
  18. certainly

    definitely or positively
  19. claim

    assert or affirm strongly
  20. clarification

    an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding
  21. clarify

    make clear and comprehensible
  22. clause

    an expression including a subject and predicate
  23. coherence

    the state of sticking together
  24. compare

    examine and note the similarities or differences of
  25. comparison

    the act of examining resemblances
  26. compound

    a whole formed by a union of two or more elements or parts
  27. conclude

    decide by reasoning
  28. conclusion

    a position or opinion reached after consideration
  29. conditional

    imposing or depending on or containing an assumption
  30. conjunction

    something that joins or connects
  31. connect

    fasten or put together two or more pieces
  32. connotation

    an idea that is implied or suggested
  33. consensus

    agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole
  34. consent

    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  35. consequence

    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
  36. consequently

    as a result
  37. consider

    think about carefully; weigh
  38. consistent

    the same throughout in structure or composition
  39. contrary

    exact opposition
  40. contrast

    the opposition or dissimilarity of things that are compared
  41. conversely

    with the terms of the relation reversed
  42. convince

    make realize the truth or validity of something
  43. coordinate

    of equal importance, rank, or degree
  44. correspond

    take the place of or be parallel or equivalent to
  45. current

    occurring in or belonging to the present time
  46. decline

    grow worse
  47. deduce

    reason from the general to the particular
  48. define

    show the form or outline of
  49. definitely

    without question and beyond doubt
  50. demonstrate

    give an exhibition of to an interested audience
  51. demonstrative

    a pronoun that points out an intended referent
  52. denotation

    the most direct or specific meaning of a word or expression
  53. description

    the act of depicting something
  54. dubious

    fraught with uncertainty or doubt
  55. emphasis

    intensity or forcefulness of expression
  56. enumerate

    specify individually
  57. equal

    having the same quantity, value, or measure as another
  58. equivalent

    being essentially comparable to something
  59. essentially

    at bottom or by something's very nature
  60. establish

    set up or found
  61. evaluate

    estimate the nature, quality, ability or significance of
  62. eventual

    expected to follow in the indefinite future
  63. eventuality

    a possible event or occurrence or result
  64. evidence

    knowledge on which to base belief
  65. evident

    clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
  66. example

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
  67. exception

    an instance that does not conform to a rule
  68. exclude

    prevent from entering; keep out
  69. exemplary

    worthy of imitation
  70. exemplify

    be characteristic of
  71. explain

    make plain and comprehensible
  72. explicit

    precisely and clearly expressed or readily observable
  73. expository

    serving to expound or set forth
  74. extend

    stretch out over a distance, space, time, or scope
  75. extent

    the point or degree to which something extends
  76. foremost

    ranking above all others
  77. former

    the first of two or the first mentioned of two
  78. formidable

    extremely impressive in strength or excellence
  79. furthermore

    in addition
  80. generalization

    the process of abstracting common properties of instances
  81. illustrate

    depict with a visual representation
  82. implication

    something that is inferred
  83. implicit

    suggested though not directly expressed
  84. imply

    express or state indirectly
  85. include

    have as a part; be made up out of
  86. indicate

    designate a place, direction, person, or thing
  87. induce

    reason from detailed facts to general principles
  88. inevitable

    incapable of being avoided or prevented
  89. infer

    conclude by reasoning
  90. initially

    at the beginning
  91. instance

    an item of information that is typical of a class or group
  92. intend

    have in mind as a purpose
  93. introduce

    bring something new to an environment
  94. justify

    show to be right by providing proof
  95. latter

    the second of two or the second mentioned of two
  96. mention

    make reference to
  97. narrative

    an account that tells the particulars of an act or event
  98. necessarily

    in such a manner as could not be otherwise
  99. nevertheless

    despite anything to the contrary
  100. nonetheless

    despite anything to the contrary
  101. notable

    worthy of attention or interest
  102. notwithstanding

    despite anything to the contrary
  103. obviously

    unmistakably
  104. opinion

    a personal belief or judgment
  105. opposite

    being directly across from each other
  106. overall

    involving only main features
  107. paradigm

    a standard or typical example
  108. paradox

    a statement that contradicts itself
  109. paragraph

    one of several distinct subdivisions of a text
  110. parallel

    being everywhere equidistant and not intersecting
  111. paramount

    having superior power and influence
  112. particular

    unique or specific to a person or thing or category
  113. particularly

    to a distinctly greater extent or degree than is common
  114. persuasive

    intended or having the power to induce action or belief
  115. phrase

    an expression consisting of one or more words
  116. precede

    be earlier in time
  117. precede

    be earlier in time
  118. premise

    a statement that is held to be true
  119. presumably

    by reasonable assumption
  120. previous

    just preceding something else in time or order
  121. primarily

    for the most part
  122. prior

    earlier in time
  123. prove

    establish the validity of something
  124. provide

    give something useful or necessary to
  125. purpose

    what something is used for
  126. refine

    reduce to a pure state
  127. reinforce

    strengthen and support
  128. relate

    give an account of
  129. relevance

    the relation of something to the matter at hand
  130. respond

    show a reaction to something
  131. sequence

    a following of one thing after another in time
  132. significant

    rich in implication
  133. similarity

    the quality of being alike
  134. simultaneous

    occurring or operating at the same time
  135. specific

    stated explicitly or in detail
  136. specification

    the act of naming explicitly
  137. subordinate

    an assistant subject to the authority or control of another
  138. subsequently

    happening at a time later than another time
  139. suggest

    make a proposal; declare a plan for something
  140. summarize

    present the main points in a concise form
  141. summary

    a brief statement that presents the main points
  142. support

    the act of bearing the weight of or strengthening
  143. synthesis

    the combination of ideas into a complex whole
  144. termination

    the act of ending something
  145. thesis

    an unproved statement advanced as a premise in an argument
  146. trace

    an indication that something has been present
  147. transition

    the act of passing from one state or place to the next
  148. upshot

    a phenomenon that is caused by some previous phenomenon
Created on December 10, 2012
(updated September 9, 2015)

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