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assertion

uh SUR shun
(n) a declaration or statement

We could not believe John's assertion that he had never seen Star Wars.
clarity

KLAR uh tee
(n) clearness in thought or expression

Carol spoke with such clarity that her two-year-old son understand exactly what she wanted him to do.
cogent

KO jent
(adj) convincing; reasonable

Christina's argument was so cogent that even her opponets had to agree with her.
coherent

ko HEER ent
(adj) logically connected

The old prospector's story was not coherent; he rambled on about different things that had nothing to do with each other.
cohesive

ko HEE siv
(adj) condition of sticking together

Erik's essay was cohesive because each point flowed nicely into the next point.
didactic

dy DAK tik
(adj) intended or instruct

The tapes were entertaining and didactic because they both amused and instructed children.
discourse

DIS kors
(n) verbal expression or exchange; conversation

Their discourse varied widely; they discussed everything from Chaucer to ice fishing.
eloquence

EH lo kwens
(n) the ability to speak vividley or persuasively

Michael's eloquence is legendary; his speeches were well-crafted and convincing.
emphasize

EM fuh size
(v) to give special attention to something; to stress

During English class, our instruter emphasized the importance of learnig vocabulary.
fluid

FLOO id
(adj) easily flowing

The two old friends' conversation was fluid; each of them was able to respond quickly and easily to what the other had to say.
implication

im pli KAY shun
(n) the act of suggesting or hinting

When your mother says, "Where were you raised, in a pigsty?" the implication is that you should clean your room.
lucid

LOO sid
(adj) easily understood; clear

Our teacher does a good job because he provides lucid explanations of difficult concepts.
pundit

PUN dit
(n) an authority who expresses his/her opinions

The political pundit has mad many predictions, but few of them have come true.
rhetoric

RET uh rik
(n) the art of using language effectively and persuasively

Since they are expected to make speeches, most politicians and lawyers are well versed in the art of rhetoric.
arbiter

AHR bih ter
(n) a judge who decides a disputed issue

An arbiter was hired to settle the Major League Baseball strike because the owners and players could not come to an agreement.
biased

BYE ist
(adj) prejudiced

A judge should not be biased, but should weigh the evidence fairly before making up her mind.
exculpate

EKS kul payt
(v) to free from guilt or blame

When the gold coins discovered in his closet were found to be fake, Dr. Jones was exculpated and the search for the real thief continued.
impartial

im PAR shul
(adj) not in favor of one side or the other

The Umpire had a hard time remaining impartial; his son was pitching for the home team, and this made it difficult to call the game.
incontrovertible

in kontruh VERT uh bul
(adj) indisputable; not open to question

The videotape of the robbery provided incontrovertible evidence against the suspect-he was obviously guilty.
integrity

in TEG rit ee
(n) trustworthiness; completness

The integrity of the witness was called into question when her dislike for the defendant was revealed-some jurors suspected that she was not being entirely truthful.
jurisprudence

jer is PROO duns
(n) the philosophy or science of law

Judges and lawyers are long time students of jurisprudence.
objectivity

ahb jek TIV ih tee
(n) treating facts without influence from personal feelings or prejudices

It is important that the judge hear all cases with objectivity, so that her personal feelings do not affect her decision.