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affix
a syllable or syllables added to a word or the base of a word to change its meaning or use; a prefix or suffix
base word
the form of a word to which prefixes or suffixes are attached; a root or stem
combining form
the form of a word used to combine with other words or combining forms to make new words
context clue
other parts of a sentence or paragraph that determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word
critical thinking
the testing and evaluation of possible solutions to a problem or explanation of a phenomenon
figurative meaning
using words in a sense other than their literal meaning, as in poetry or figures of speech
grammatical meaning
the meaning of a word or morpheme apart from its semantic meaning, indicating grammatical function
inflection
a word ending used to show case, number, gender, person, tense, mood, voice or comparison
literal meaning
the usual meaning of a word without exaggeration or imagination
morpheme
the smallest part of a word that has meaning of its own; it may be a word, an affix or an inflection
native English word
a word that originated in the English language, as opposed to a borrowed word or a word coined from borrowed elements
root
a base, not necessarily a whole word, to which affixes are added to form new words
semantic meaning
the meaning of a word apart from inflections and affixes; lexical meaning
superlative
the highest degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, used to compare more than two things
attentiveness
the state of being attentive
pertinent
relevant; related to the matter being considered
eloquence
the art of speaking well
inferred
derived by reasoning; concluded
nonverbal communication
any method of sending and receiving messages or ideas without using words with semantic meaning
analogy
a comparison between like or similar things or between dissimilar things in related categories
comparative
the second degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, used when two things are being compared