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whats does “requires consideration of encounters and power” mean? [migrated]

as Nanda maintains, ‘Deconstructing central structural concepts in American society such as race, gender, religion, and ethnicity is an essential component of teaching cultural anthropology as ...
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Correlation to or between

My Brazilian friend wants me to check his PhD abstract in English. The information of gravimetric and topographic surveys shows the shallow nature of ECSMT with ~ 1.4 km deep, there is a strong ...
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“The feminine expressions could be spotted in ewes” - what does it mean here?

Could you explain following phrase please?: The feminine expressions could be spotted in ewes due to female hormones but not in male sheep. Dictionaries have too much meanings for "to spot" and ...
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what does “truce alliance” mean?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘treaty’ variously: in a narrow sense, as a ‘contract between two or more states, relating to peace, truce alliance, commerce or other international relations’, ...
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does “open to charges of” equal to “doing propaganda” here? [closed]

Always open to charges of propaganda and interference in the internal affairs of other nations, public diplomacy challenged both the spirit and letter of the Havana Convention. Book | ...
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Word for when someone enforces a rule on some occasions but not others [closed]

If you have a set of rules that no one follows due to lack of enforcement, but on rare occasions when a rule is broken, out of convenience for the rule maker, they enact discipline for breaking that ...
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Word/term for users who are not experts and scientists [duplicate]

In the field of computer science, what should users who are not experts and scientists be called? I've come up with ordinary users or regular users. Any formal alternative or widely-accepted ...
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What does “then” mean in this context?

In the book Diplomacy: A Very Short Introduction by By Joseph M. Siracusa, we find the following passage: Prior to World War II, then, diplomacy was essentially a government-to-government ...
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For free vs. free of charges [duplicate]

They are seems to be similar in meaning, however in a specific context Googling vote for the first. ... teaching users for free. I think free of charge(s) is more appropriate choice but I ...
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Who are these people in context?

Text came from preface. I should also be remiss if I did not thank the anonymous Delegates for their thoughtful reports and constructive suggestions. Even those who did not much agree with me gave me ...
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What is meaning of “Apropos acknowledgements,” at start of a phrase? [closed]

Apropos acknowledgements, I should first of all like to express my gratitude to my friend and colleague ... This quotation came from a preface of a book. As far as I understand, from ...
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is “reads as” equal to “similar to” in this context?

For all their efforts, the diplomats at Versailles achieved the precise opposite of what they had set out to do, inexorably, tragically laying the groundwork for the next, more horrible world war. ...
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A strong antonym for “dictator”?

Is there a formal antonym for the word "dictator" other than " democratic" to describe a school principal?
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Meaning of “Immorality” in the 1886 cartoon “The Mongolian Octopus”

The cartoon The Mongolian Octopus: His Grip on Australia from 1886 (presumably referring to Chinese or Asian people, not Mongolians in particular) has "Immorality" as one of the tentacles. In the ...
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A word that defines something that is valuable for its lack of function and productive value?

I'm looking for a word that means "something valuable (intrinsically) because of its dysfunctional nature that makes it unnapealing for profit or production."
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“different” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

Is it correct to start a sentence with the word "different"? for example: Different table structures are listed below. or should it be: Various table structures are listed below. Does it ...
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Difference between “rule” and “law” in scientific context

In general, according to an article in DifferenceBetween.net The main difference between rules and laws is the consequences associated with breaking them. While each is developed to invoke a ...
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Specific meaning of term “nail-biters” in context of mid-1970s America

The phrase in question revolves around a rather odious quote, so I beseech all reading to please suppress your political leanings and focus instead on the meanings of the phrases employed. In around ...
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Can somebody explain “alienating customers” and “on either side” in this context for me? [closed]

"UK banks have been fearful of alienating customers on either side, while eurozone-headquartered institutions can more easily relocate business from London back to their home countries in the event of ...
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What does “stereotype” mean in: “this movement is very fast, stereotype and for a short duration”?

Please tell me the meaning of stereotype in the following passage Reflexes: This is the behaviour in which movement takes place in a particular organ. This movement is very fast, stereotype, and ...
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“For only through assiduous repetition is it possible to redistribute skewed tendencies.” | meaning

To set the quote into context here's an excerpt from Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by H. Murakami. There was little left to do but lean up against a wall and count the change in ...
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The meaning of the word “ Host” in a sentence of a story [closed]

What does the word "host" mean in the sentence below? " father O'Mahoney as the light failed, Blacker than ever in his suit and with the black-fringed stole hanging over his shoulders and the white ...
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What does it mean “ticket puncher” in this sentence?

Mature ticket-punchers are more "adult" or specialized in their interests; Tend to do OK academically but socially they subsist outside the mainstream (they ask less and add less). Here is the link ...
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What does “suitable offerings” mean in the following context? [closed]

What does "suitable offerings" mean in the sentence below? Does it mean the offerings which are fit to be offered to God or the offerings that man must give to God? Suitable offerings for the ...
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What does “in a blur” mean? [closed]

What does "in a blur" mean in the sentence below? Is it a slang? Does it mean "very fast"? "I grinned as I counted more quickly and ran the numbers together in a blur." Source: Counting Stars ...
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referent of 'such a conviction'

The following is taken from the novel Frankenstein: At that age I became acquainted with the celebrated poets of our own country; but it was only when it had ceased to be in my power to derive its ...
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What can I translate the word “argument” in this passage? What does it mean?

The brain is an argument. We make different decisions in different ways. In addition, different parts of the brain respond to stimuli in different time frames. Think of two teams of lawyers doing ...
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Does “wealth” only refers to a financial aspect?

For a contest I'm attenting, the organisators uses, in their theme description, the world wealth. I wonder of the meaning of this word... Here is the sentenc where it's used : Europe need to ...
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Difference between “in” and “on” in this context [closed]

I was reading a book when I came across this phrase: Write a program that displays the phrase "Programming is fun" in your window. I am confused about the usage of "in" here. I think it ...
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The Meaning of “Crank” in Scotts slang?

On a train, earlier today I overheard one Scottish guy say to another: "There's nary a hold chap in that bunch of slordy, poofy freeks. All o' 'em is crank in the head, that's what I say". I have ...
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written in, written on, written to the file [closed]

Which one is grammatically correct? The statement is written on the file. The statement is written in the file. The statement is/was written to the file. I should mention that I am talking about a ...
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Meaning: 'who would then have the effrontery to say, … however …'

I first encountered the sentences below on p 125, The Words We Live By: Your Annotated Guide to the Constitution (2004; but the newest edition dates at 2015) by Linda Monk JD. Here is an online ...
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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When you have no money, doesn't that mean you're already bankrupt? Can you use “in general” for a case like that? [closed]

Is the sentence below correct? What would be the best way to write it? "In general, when you have no money, tap water is better than bankruptcy." It says "in general" and assumes a condition "when ...
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What does the word “nanities” mean? [closed]

I found the word "nanities" in some Marvel fanfic about Tony Stark. I know Helen said he [Tony] would be better than new after the nanities finished doing their job, but we are all worried. But ...
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How to reformulate 'honor the data'

I have written sentence like this The resulting property models from cooperative inversion honor the geophysical data My Professor wants me to reformulate the sentence, in particular he raised a ...
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Exact meaning of “Generation Uphill”

There is a "Generation Uphill" article about the millenials from The Economist. I've looked up in some dictionaries for uphill word, however I am not sure is it used here as an adverb or an adjective. ...
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And yet we're meant to be educating them for it [duplicate]

What does that sentence means. ? It's from TED talk. Here is context So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested interest in it, partly because it's education ...
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What is the meaning when someone say “it doesn't get much weird than Lynda?”

Lynda made a dance performance, it's very weird and many audiences couldn't understand it. Then a guy made a comment "It doesn't get much weird than Lynda?". What does he mean ? Is that "Lynda is ...
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“And yet we're meant to be educating them for it.” What does this mean? [closed]

I was watching a TED video and didn’t get a few of the sentences. I hope someone can explain them to me. So I have a big interest in education, and I think we all do. We have a huge vested ...
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What is the basic difference between being “wise” and being “sensible”?

Today’s (March 18) New York Times carries an article under the title, “No, Not Trump, Not Ever” written by its co-ed columnist, David Brooks. It starts with the following passage: “The voters ...
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When I say throughout this paper in the introduction, do I include the introduction and the abstract? [closed]

In the introduction of a research paper, we give something many definitions. Then I want to just focus on one definition among the definitions mentioned in the introduction; I.e. The paper is ...
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Salting the battlefield

The British spy thriller series, The Worricker Trilogy, consists of three films: Page Eight, Turks & Caicos, and Salting the battlefield. What is the meaning of the last title? I tried looking in ...
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What is the meaning of the verb “market” here?

What is the meaning of the verb "market" here? People who send mass marketing email really care about subject line length (or at least the people who market to email marketers like to write ...
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Can I use “apply” in sense of “contact”?

It’s a classifieds app. Is it correct to use "brokers may apply"/"brokers may not apply" in sense of contacting? I mean does a broker apply when calling/emailing you to buy/rent your house, or is it ...
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speech tactic in common use [closed]

Is there a term for dropping a name or idea without it being directly linked to you ie, I personally do not believe the sky is green, but many people say that it is green.
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Prostitute could be a joke?

I am learning English at a language school in Korea. Today's topic was about overtime and our teacher who is American asked me how many hours I work per week. I said I cannot concentrate in the ...
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“I changed into my sweats” meaning [closed]

I've been reading "W is for Wasted" book by Sue Grafton and have found the phrase meaning of which I am unable to find anywhere on the web. I changed into my sweats and put together a deluxe hot ...
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What does the phrase “whole effect” mean in this sentence?

What does the phrase "whole effect" mean in this sentence? "Note, there are no prices on this landing page. The whole effect is one of AO.com's knowledge of its (somehow now desirable) subject". ...
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What is the meaning of the word “pod” here?

What is the meaning of the word "pod" here? This is a good tactic to balance out a particular salesly email. So, if you've linked to a product page with one email pod, why not feature a ...