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In American politics, 'pivot' has lately turned into a buzzword that essentially means 'change of policy focus or direction'. In your query sentence, "the U.S. pivot towards Asia" means "the U.S.'s increased focus on issues relating to Asia".


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Empirical is often referential and is not necessarily done by the author. For example, 'Test power during shift can increase by a factor of 3 [1].'. This is empirical data, but the work is done in another paper cited in [1]. On the other hand, experimental data usually follows a description of the experiment itself.


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I'm not sure, but I think if he says the parameters were set experimentally, that means he did separate experiments to determine their values. But if they were set empirically, that could mean that he merely adopted convenient values for them, so as to make calculations come out right. (But I'm not a physicist or engineer.)


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Submissive/browbeaten- TFD mentions... inclined or willing to submit to orders or wishes of others or showing such inclination.


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They can, though sumptuous is often used in the sense of '(more than) satisfactory' meal and luxurious is used in the sense of meal being expensive. Update to give ref/eg Sumptuous: Of a size or splendor suggesting great expense; lavish: "He likes big meals, so I cook sumptuous ones" (Src: FreeDictionary) Luxurious: Providing great pleasure or comfort, ...


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My favorite term for this is a wordsmith, someone who demonstrates facility with words.



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