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Wednesday, April 21, 2021


subsequently is a synonym of later

adverb [ suhb-si-kwuhnt-lee ]

subsequently is another word for later

You might be a procrastinator if one of your favorite words is later (it’s okay, we relate). Specifically, we mean the adverb, as in, Let’s make a decision later. Here, later means “at a time in the future,” or “afterward.” A strong synonym for later is the adverb subsequently. The key idea behind the word subsequently (and the adjective subsequent from which the adverb derives) is that of following or of a sequential order. Both the adverb and the adjective ultimately stem from the Latin verb sequī meaning “to follow.” The prefix sub- indicates proximity or nearness in time. These etymological tidbits shed light on the ways in which subsequently stands apart from later: while their dictionary definitions may be identical, subsequently is the better choice for indicating a relationship or interdependency between chronological events, as in, I visited the Museum of Natural History in New York and subsequently decided to become a paleontologist.

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subsequently published
The private diary of the famous author was purchased at auction and subsequently published in a high-profile magazine.
subsequently became
We didn't get along at the conference, but we subsequently became friends.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2021


encompass is a synonym of include

verb [ en-kuhm-puhs ]

encompass is another word for include

If your grocery list includes cheese and bread, it means that your (very sandwich-friendly) grocery list contains these items, likely among other items. Your list might also include pasta, lettuce, and orange juice. The synonym encompass means “to include comprehensively.” Paying special attention to that last part, “comprehensively,” let’s revisit the aforementioned grocery list: it would not make sense to say that your grocery list encompasses cheese and bread; rather, you might say that your list encompasses a wide range of primo ingredients for a full three-course meal. The use of this verb broadens the scope of your list, and suggests that you’ve included a generous sampling of ingredients to satisfy all your hungry guests, from aperitif to dessert.

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encompass a range
The painter's body of work encompassed a broad range of styles and techniques.
term + encompass
Some people defined the noun "breakfast" narrowly to refer to standard morning fare. But for the teenager, "breakfast"was a broad term that encompassed everything from nachos to spaghetti.

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Monday, April 19, 2021


rationale is a synonym of reason

noun [ rash-uh-nal ]

rationale is another word for reason

The noun reason is used a few different ways. Sometimes it refers to a justification, as in, I dare you to give me one good reason for quitting school! Other times it refers to a cause or basis for some belief, action, fact, or event: The legislator said the reason for the new bill was to reinvigorate the local economy. The synonym rationale is closer to the latter, but it implies a more detailed exposition of thought or logic. When someone asks for a rationale, chances are that they aren’t expecting an excuse or justification. More likely, they hope to understand the thought process or the fundamental reasons that serve to account for something.

Commonly found as

provide + rationale
The researchers provided a clear rationale for the lack of male participants in their study, stating that it was a representative sample in all other ways.
rationale behind
Even though she worked for the coffee roaster for over twenty years, she never quite understood the rationale behind their no-coffee-in-the-breakroom policy. 

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