GMAT Words (SET 1) – 38 Words

montage

sticking together pieces of paper or photographs to form art

Meaning : the process or technique of selecting, editing, and piecing together separate sections of film to form a continuous whole
E.g. : Iconic montage of Rocky punching meat and running up flights of stairs
slouch

assume a drooping posture or carriage

Meaning : stand, move, or sit in a lazy, drooping way
proclivity

a natural inclination

Meaning : a tendency to choose or do something regularly; an inclination or predisposition toward a particular thing
E.g. : A proclivity for hard work
propensity

a natural inclination

Meaning : an inclination or natural tendency to behave in a particular way
E.g : a propensity for violence
prescient

perceiving the significance of events before they occur

Meaning : having or showing knowledge of events before they take place
E.g : A prescient warning
myriad

a large indefinite number

Meaning : a countless or extremely great number
E.g. : networks connecting a myriad of computers
nuance

a subtle difference in meaning or opinion or attitude

Meaning : Characterized by subtle shades of meaning or expression
E.g. : Lowe’s work has gradually grown more nuanced
civilian

a nonmilitary citizen

Meaning : A person not in the armed services or the police force
atypical

not representative of a group, class, or type

Synonyms : unusual, unconventional
E.g. : a sample of people who are rather atypical of the target audience
maternal

characteristic of a mother

Meaning : 1> relating to a mother, especially during pregnancy or shortly after childbirth
2> related through the mother’s side of the family.
E.g. : my maternal grandfather
paternal

characteristic of a father

Meaning : a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterised by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.
Note : classic autism features: Franklin pointed out a “disconnect between facial expressions, body language and speech,” and Weiss zeroed in on “hidden intelligence, fixations and communication impairments,”
autism

a syndrome involving social and communication disorders

Meaning : a political and economic theory of social organisation which advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated by the community as a whole
sanitarium

a hospital for recuperation or for treating chronic diseases

Meaning : producing powerful feelings or strong, clear images in the mind.
socialism

a political theory advocating state ownership of industry

Meaning : make it difficult for (someone) to do something or for (something) to happen
Synonyms : impede, curb, inhibit,obstruct
vivid

having the clarity and freshness of immediate experience

Meaning : a newspaper or magazine that deals with a particular subject or professional activity.
hinder

be an obstacle to

Meaning : gentle and kind
Synonyms : cordial, compassionate
journal

a periodical dedicated to a particular subject

Meaning : suggest or assume the existence, fact, or truth of (something) as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or belief.
Sentence : his theory postulated a rotatory movement for hurricanes
Synonyms : put forward, propose,hypothesise
benign

kind in disposition or manner

Meaning : influence or power, especially in politics or business.
Synonyms : dominate, control
postulate

maintain or assert

Meaning : assert or confirm as a result of one’s own experience the truth or accuracy of (something)
Synonyms : confirm, affirm, testify
Sentence : the explosive used is of my own formulation, and I can vouch for its efficiency
clout

(boxing) a blow with the fist

Meaning : Churn rate (sometimes called attrition rate), in its broadest sense, is a measure of the number of individuals or items moving out of a collective group over a specific period
vouch

give personal assurance; guarantee

Meaning : the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses.
affirm

declare solemnly and formally as true

Meaning : The action of bringing someone or something under forced control
attrition rate

the rate of shrinkage in size or number

Meaning : A thing presented or offered to God
e.g. : Hindus use flowers and fruits as oblation to god
cognitive

relating to or involving the mental process of knowing

Meaning : Leave the main subject temporarily in a speech or writing
subjugation

forced submission to control by others

Meaning : A country or area under the full or partial political control of another country and occupied by settlers from that country.
E.g. : Goa was a Portuguese colony while Pondicherry was a french colony
oblation

the act of contributing to the funds of a church or charity

Meaning : A republic country is one where power resides with individuals who are part of a government who are elected by the citizens of the country according to rule of law.
digress

wander from a direct or straight course

Meaning : Deliberately destroy, damage obstruct something, esp. for political or military advantage.
Synonyms : Vandalise, wreck
colony

a group of organisms of the same type living together

Meaning : The principle that conduct a person’s behaviour or conducting of an activity.
E.g. : Managers give huge importance to your work ethics and will effect your appraisal cycle.
republic

a form of government whose head of state is not a monarch

Meaning : The endurance of pain or hardship without display of feelings and without complaint.
Decisions are made based on logic rather than pleasure requirements
sabotage

a deliberate act of destruction or disruption

Meaning : intimate and affectionate but not sexual
ethics

motivation based on ideas of right and wrong

A person who uses their wealth to invest in trade and industry for profit in accordance with principles of capitalism.
E.g. : The irony of the recent Amazon HQ2 row is subsidising the already richest capitalist in the world( Jeff Bezos) and making the already richest man in the world even richer.
stoicism

an indifference to pleasure or pain

Meaning : Bring about; cause
E.g. : Killings begets more Killings
platonic

free from physical desire

Meaning : To ear up greedily or ravenously
capitalist

of an economic system based on private ownership

Meaning : First hand authentication of a fact; Evidence.
beget

generate children

Meaning : The practice of using spies to obtain information about the plans and activities about the plans and activities esp. of a foreign government or a competing company
devour

eat immoderately

testimony

something that serves as evidence

espionage

the systematic use of spies to obtain secrets
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