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Thursday, September 09, 2021

synonym for tendency

predisposition

noun [ pree-dis-puh-zish-uhn ]

predisposition is another word for tendency

Both words refer to an inherent characteristic that makes a person likely to act in a certain way. When we say someone has a tendency, such as a tendency to overeat, or the media’s tendency to sensationalize, we mean that they have a distinct inclination to engage in or be drawn to these behaviors (which are usually weaknesses or flaws). Someone who has a predisposition has been rigged, so to speak, to develop a tendency or condition, which may or may not materialize. Typically a predisposition is characterized as innate, underlying, or, more concretely, genetic, hereditary, or biological (a genetic predisposition to diabetes). However, environmental and social factors could also make a person more likely to adopt certain behaviors (a psychological predisposition to violent behavior). When we have an ideological predisposition, ingrained ideas steer us toward certain opinions, beliefs, and values.

Commonly found as

genetic predisposition
This breed of dog is said to have a genetic predisposition towards aggression, but Wesley is always playful and affectionate in his interactions with people.
strong predisposition
Growing up in a large family gave him a strong predisposition to cooperation and collaboration.

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Wednesday, September 08, 2021

synonym for consent

acquiesce

verb [ ak-wee-es ]

acquiesce is another word for consent

Both consent and acquiesce refer to agreeing to or permitting something requested, demanded, or required. A person who consents freely gives a verbal or written agreement necessary to permit something (consented to be hypnotized). To consent to something is often a formal act or legal requirement. Acquiesce suggests a passive, unspoken, sometimes coerced agreement to do or permit something. Someone who acquiesces complies, goes along with, or gives in to what someone else wants: The prime minister acquiesced to the taxpayers’ demands). Some adverbs frequently found accompanying acquiesce are finally, meekly, and grudgingly.

Commonly found as

acquiesce to demands
Dad will put up some resistance at first, but if we are persistent enough, he will acquiesce to our demands to go get ice cream.
refuse to acquiesce
Disregarding the advice of the police, the couple refused to acquiesce to the kidnapper’s request for a ransom of 50,000 dollars.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2021

synonym for control

dominate

verb [ dom-uh-neyt ]

dominate is another word for control

Both words refer to possessing or exercising power or will over something or someone. Control suggests the ability or power to determine what someone or something does: a thermostat controls the temperature; the majority political party controls the House; the gods control my destiny. Dominate suggests the possession or exercise of power, rule, or mastery over others. A wrestler who dominates her opponent repeatedly overpowers her and wins. Someone who dominates the conversation may talk over everyone or keep their topic or views foremost. In a male-dominated society, men have more power than women. A country may have the goal of extending its power and dominating a region outside its borders.

Commonly found as

dominate + conversation
Here comes that loudmouth who has to dominate every conversation—let’s take this up again tomorrow.
dominate the region
The country will continue to dominate the region unless a superpower intervenes and establishes a military presence in one of the neighboring countries.

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