Vocabulary from “Robbie” by Isaac Asimov. From the Short Story Collection: I, Robot. c omplacence (noun). Definitions: A false sense of security; Satisfaction with things “as is.” Other forms: (adj.) complacent; ( n .) complacency
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Other forms: (adj.) complacent; (n.) complacency
The government’s complacence regarding off-shore oil drilling has resulted in many environmental disasters.
Definition: A calm state of mind; poise
Other form: (adj.) composed
It was difficult for me to maintain composure during my first public speech to a group of over 1,000 people.
Definition: Anassertion of an opposing position
Other form: (adj.) contradictory
His speech contained many contradictions, and we have no idea of what he really stands for.
Definition: Messy or unkempt appearance
So I wouldn’t miss the bus, I ran out the front door with the worst case of bed head; I remained disheveled until I could hit the boy’s lav in order to put myself together.
Definition: Bold; forceful; with insistence or emphasis
Other form: (adv.) emphatically
Our teacher was emphatic when she said that if we didn’t do our homework, we would never pass her geometry class. We emphatically nodded our heads to let her know we understood!
Definition: Ineffective; useless; incapable of
Other form: (n.) futility
We felt our chances of winning the game were futile as we eyed the other team’s six foot plus basketball players.
Definition: About to happen; imminent
I was very worried about my impending court date where I would be a witness for a robbery at a convenience store near my house. Would I be able to maintain my composure during the questioning? I had only five more days to go over what I would say.
Definition: Unlimited; immeasurable; without end
Other forms: (n.) infinity; (adj.) infinitely
Is outer space infinite? What could be out there in infinity?
Definition: continuing without interruption or end
Other form: (adv.) incessantly
My sister Sharon’s incessant chatter during our road trip was making us all crazy. How can anyone talk so much?
Definition: unable to be understood, especially speech
The state trooper noticed that the driver’s speech was nearly incoherent, so she suspected that he might be intoxicated. She had him step out of the car to give him a sobriety test.
Definition: cannot be avoided; obvious or certain
Other form: (adv.) inevitably
Since we are mortal, death is an inevitable part of our lives. Let’s make each day worthwhile!
Definition: alternately stopping and starting again
Other form: (adv.) intermittently
I was so annoyed my friend would intermittently text her other friends while we were out to dinner together. How rude!
Definition: Unable to be disproved
Other form: (adv.) irrefutably
During murder trials, DNA evidence is considered irrefutable proof that the accused is either guilty or innocent.
Other form: (adv.) ponderously
Last night the president gave a ponderous speech about ending the wars we are currently in. He used so many big words, I have no idea what he was trying to convey!
He takes ponderous steps!
Definition: Commonplace; dull; unimaginative
Other form: (adv.) prosaically
Do all English teachers give the prosaic assignment of writing about what you did over the summer? Instead, how about writing a composition about if we were a color, what color would we be and why?
Definition: Precise; careful; having high regard for
what is right
Other form: (adv.) scrupulously
My dad keeps his workshop scrupulous—there’s a place for everything, and everything needs to be in its place!
Definition: Having or showing doubt
Other form: (adv.) skeptically
I was skeptical when my friend Ben was convincing me to approach the bear. “Get closer,” he urged. “It’s friendly!”
Definition: Feeling confidently superior
Other forms: (n.) smugness; (adv.) smugly
My brother looked smug when we began to race downhill on our snowboards. Just because he’d been practicing longer than I, he was certain he’d win. He did!
A smug pug!
Definition: A final, uncompromising command
or set of conditions
My parents gave me a deadly ultimatum: either improve my grades or I’d have to babysit my little brother Timmy every weekend for a month.
Definition: Incapable of being discouraged;
Other form: (adv.) undauntedly
Undaunted, Ms. Hart got closer to the moose to get
a perfect picture.