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21 Cards in this Set

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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
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
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
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
the highest degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, used to compare more than two things
the state of being attentive
relevant; related to the matter being considered
the art of speaking well
derived by reasoning; concluded
nonverbal communication
any method of sending and receiving messages or ideas without using words with semantic meaning
a comparison between like or similar things or between dissimilar things in related categories
the second degree of comparison of an adjective or adverb, used when two things are being compared