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Meaning of a passage from The History of Spiritualism

Does "The paucity of phenomenal results, in any degree approaching what might be looked for, even by a sceptic, which this book records, is certainly remarkable" mean "the successful ...
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What means share the feelings of another? [closed]

I understand it like having the same feelings (experience the same feelings of another), that's right?
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the meaning of 'even up' and 'even out'

Can you plz tell me the difference between even up and even out with some examples? And which one do you think would be better to use for this situation? ex) I made two cocktails at the same time and ...
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Usage of only in this scenario

I have trouble understanding the usage of "only" in this scenario. I was watching the Walking Dead, and I came across this scene. "How many blood transfusions did you get?" "2,...
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contextual meaning of “integrate”

In the following sentence, what does "integrate" means? Beyond the fact that these processes exacerbate inequalities among individuals – those with the most valuable assets are more likely ...
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What is “which” referring to in the following sentence?

In the following sentence, I'm confused about what "through which" refers to. Following these transformations, companies brought market mechanisms into their internal functioning on a ...
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Sympathy vs Empathy [duplicate]

I want to know the difference between sympathy and empathy. I read that sympathy is understanding how one's feeling, and expressing sorryow, where as empathy is understanding how one's feeling. ...
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contextual meaning of “dynamics”

In the following sentence, what is contextual meaning of "dynamics"? The sharing economy has sadly proven that the pathologies of the physical world all too often carry over to the platform,...
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In the UK's equivalent of America's Miranda Rights, what does the second part of the first sentence mean? [closed]

In the United States, the rights of an arrested citizen are known as "Miranda rights." After the police representative who makes an arrest tells the suspect what charge or charges are being ...
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differenct between “take anything” and “take everything” [closed]

I searched about anything and refered by dictionary like below in the first quote anything : used to refer to a thing, no matter what. so I'm curious "take anything selected" is meaning ...
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What does 'What I have come to know as' mean?

Here is a little excerpt: But after looking at the research, this is what I've come to know as a symptom for the deeper problem, which runs much more deeply, it's the root cause of this distraction. ...
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What does “risks pivot upon …” mean? [closed]

I found this phrase in an academic paper and I am not quite sure what the authors meant: This case study examines the implementation of the agile-system approach as used by a Small-to-...
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Using indefinite (“a”) instead of definite (“the”) article with “key to success”

I have almost exclusively heard this phrase with a definite article, such as; The key to success (in TARGET) is to do ACTION. Is it valid to use it with a indefinite article, to emphasize that ...
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What does “really” mean in this?

What does "really" mean in this scenario? A: "I don't really know much about the subject so I can't really help you." 1st really means? 2nd really means? Context: Person B wants ...
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Cainozoic vs Cenozoic?

I came across "Cainozioc" in place of "Cenozoic" for the geological era. Is this a regional alternative spelling? I've never seen it before today, where I saw it in Wikipedia, ...
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“The circumstances in which the Commission was appointed were these” refer to whch part of the whole paragraph?

Is "The circumstances in which the Commission was appointed were these" refer to the prior statements or it refer to "A certain Henry Seybert, a citizen.."? It was the misfortune ...
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wheaten points (a 19th century or earlier term), what is it?

I'm working on a short documentary film on a history topic and use the following text taken from the Russian catalog of World's Columbian Exposition (1893, Chicago) in English: ... presented products ...
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Hypothetically speaking

If something is hypothetical, then does it imply that it hasn't happened in reality (so far)? If so, Context: Person A does something, let's say "x". 1 hour later Person A: "...
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Is this a common use of 'chime'?

In a recent NYTimes article: He should have recused himself completely, and have formally informed the entire board as well as the public about any family interest. This chimes with what some ethics ...
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Are the following four sentences the same in meaning? [migrated]

Neither you nor he is right. Not either you or he is right. Either you or he is not right. Both you and he are not right.
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Is “it shall be” the same as “it is”? Specific to the context of law?

The US constitution uses "shall be" in places where the German constitution (Grundgesetz) would use "is", and that makes sense to me, no problem so far. But in a translation of the ...
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Did the meaning of “Just as soon as” change over time?

As far as I am aware, the below three forms are the only variants of the phrase "I would as soon..." (a) I would (just) as soon X. (b) I would (just) as soon X as Y (c) I would (just) as ...
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What is the overall meaning of the sentence?

I came across the following sentence and could not understand the gist of it: To the extent that it foresaw the effect the Internet would have on society, what makes the Frankfurt School—an early ...
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The sentence 'I use this way' sounds weird?

In the dictionary the word 'way' is regarded as a noun but is most of the time used as an adverb. For example, I cook the meat in this way or this is the way I cook the meat So, here is my question. ...
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Is “since” ambiguous in this sentence?

Is "since" ambiguous? Cambridge Dictionary - Since: from a particular time in the past until a later time, or until now However, whenever I hear: "I haven't done x since y." I ...
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10 x and y? What does this mean?

I gave him 10 iPads and Computers Does this mean I gave him 10 ipads and 10 computers or Computers + Ipads = 10? Sources if any?
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Using word ( stuffing) to refer to information, speech

Just a question if you can help me with please: can I use the word ( stuffing ) to refer to information e.g ( would you agree to stuffing this information into chapter one ? ) is this question ...
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the usage of “affect” and “depend on” [closed]

COVID-19 pandemic will end someday, but how much it affects the humanity depends on preventive measures like wearing masks, washing hands frequently, keeping a safe distance from others, etc. Let's ...
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Is “vice versa” redundant with “one [verb] the other”?

I feel that "one [verb] the other" also includes the "other [verb] the one" meaning, but I am not sure. Consider this sentence: The design and development process shall run in ...
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Some Of The People [closed]

Does "Some of the people here might not come out alive" = "Some of the people here possibly are not going to come out alive." "There is a possibility that some of the people ...
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A person who is resistant to temperatures — what do you call them?

What is the word for a person who through training becomes, or just naturally is, resistant to high or low temperatures? For example, the people who are able to meditate naked on an iceberg or ...
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Probably in this context

I have a question about the usage of probably. Let's say you are at a party. You see 3 people - Person A, Person B, and Person C. Person A is your friend, though you don't really know Person B and ...
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Meaning of radical punchline [closed]

The text: Rudman looks at how a poor understanding of maths has led historians to false conclusions about the mathematical sophistication of early societies. Rudman's final observation-that ancient ...
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Help with the difference in the meaning of the phrases [closed]

What difference is between these phrases? be going to do something be out to do something intend to do something
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What is the figurative meaning of bank shot? [closed]

I found it used in this sentence - "At least some of these efforts may be intended as an internal bank shot: by sowing doubt externally about the virus’s origins, the CCP can reinforce that view ...
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“Make curtain” --Is this a well known usage of this expression?

"We were busy [working in the kitchen] for pretheater, a mad rush to get them in and get them out in time to make curtain." This quotes is from Anthony Bourdain's book describing that they ...
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Might in a sentence [closed]

It might be because your shoes are too small. Does this imply: "Your shoes might be too small, which might be why." Or: "Your shoes are too small, which might be why." Might means ...
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present simple in future [migrated]

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin "A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid." I ...
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Sentence from Seneca's Consolation to Helvia

In Consolation to Helvia, a letter Seneca wrote to his mother while in exile, the English translation says: I don't have doubt that I shall have more influence over you than your grief, than which ...
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What is the difference between “counterintuitive” and “contradiction”?

According to the Cambridge dictionary, Counterintuitive: Something that is counter-intuitive does not happen in the way you would expect it to and Contradiction: a fact or statement that is the ...
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forbid her anything and it became her desire

Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin “And Arya, well . . . Ned’s visitors would oft mistake her for a stableboy if they rode into the yard unannounced. Arya was a trial, it must be said. Half a boy ...
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What is the difference between “pretty sure” and “probably” [closed]

What is the difference between pretty sure and probably? "I am pretty sure I am going to buy chicken for lunch, but we'll see what they have." "I am probably going to buy chicken for ...
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Is polemic a naturally disengenious, flawed argumentation?

I wanted to ask about the meaning of the word polemic the way it is colloquially used. The dictionary definition is: "a strong verbal or written attack on someone or something." But I was ...
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Use of “but” by Jack London

The subordinate clause "From the way..." I understand the meaning of, however the main clause's meaning I do not. Would, if rephrased as, "I wouldn't wonder this time but what he [would ...
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Use of “antithesis” by Jack London [closed]

How is "antithesis" used in the example provided and what does the sentence "To antithesis was due his naming" actually mean? "But he was anything save a beauty. To antithesis ...
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Maybe vs Probably? There is a lot of confusion [closed]

Maybe/Might = >0% something will occur Probably = It is likely something will occur Why does saying "probably" imply more confidence than "maybe/might" if both imply that ...
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meaning of“should have condemned his action”

Does "should have condemned his action" here mean "Spiritualist should have condemned his action ( Making every allowance for the difficulty of distinguishing) but they didn't it" ...
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What's the meaning of “wrought”, “in its own right” and “in legal system after legal system” in the following sentence?

I have a hard time interpreting the meaning of "wrought", "in its own right" and "legal system after legal system" in the following sentence. That inquiry is important ...
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What “the ceiling was too high to make out,” means [closed]

I was reading Harry Potter and the Philopher Stone when I came across this sentence "the ceiling was too high to make out," What does "make out" stood for in this context? (In this ...
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what does “taken refuge in wilful imposture” mean?

what does "taken refuge in wilful imposture" mean? If Slade ever really did this, it may probably be accounted for by a burst of ill-timed levity on his part in seeking to fool a certain ...