Common Senses: Specere – 15 Words


come to see in an official or professional capacity

“Sometimes they came to inspect the mine, but they just came to the entrance, they never went down to see where we work.”BBC (May 17, 2014)

careful to consider potential consequences and avoid risk

Modern justices and judges tend to be more circumspect, yet the true springs of decision peep through the underbrush of the modern opinion.Slate (Jun 21, 2013)

show a lack of regard for

They disrespect you, they look down on you.The Guardian (Jan 4, 2013)

contemplation of things past

The source of the mistake looks clear in retrospect.Time (May 8, 2014)

regard as untrustworthy

It’s a false choice, a morally suspect scene in which you’re asked to identify with your all-too-human victim before ending his existence.Time (May 20, 2014)

given to examining own sensory and perceptual experiences

I think having a kid and seeing how the world works from that angle, you’re a little more thoughtful and introspective.New York Times (Dec 23, 2013)

a way of regarding situations or topics

Humor helps us see our life from a new perspective and it also allows us to come up with creative solutions to our problems.Forbes (May 22, 2014)

of or concerned with or related to the future

Builders’ outlook for sales of single-family homes over the next six months and traffic by prospective buyers each increased since April.Seattle Times (May 15, 2014)

an example regarded as typical of its class

With only two specimens and a small number of sightings, little is known about this enigmatic species, which has not been seen since 1998.BBC (Apr 10, 2014)

plausible but false

I can only conclude that this reasoning is specious at best, for none can see the future of paths we do not take.Newsweek (Sep 10, 2013)

talk over conjecturally, or review in an idle or casual way

If I had to guess, I’d speculate that it’s what other people would see if they wore sunglasses at night.New York Times (Apr 26, 2014)

something or someone seen, especially a notable sight

What I had before me was a spectacle of wind and water, an earthquake of the senses, that even Hollywood couldn’t orchestrate.Life of Pi

obvious to the eye or mind

This means that it is impossible for such a conspicuous jellyfish with large population numbers to have remained unnoticed until now.Scientific American (May 15, 2014)

acutely insightful and wise

It is a mirror of two eyes; they are clear, shrewd, perspicacious, and bold; they are the eyes of a Frenchman.Rolland, Romain

auguring favorable circumstances and good luck

Instead of looking to auspicious dates, Jamaicans should take steps to make sure they are well prepared for a disaster, he said.BBC (Jan 22, 2014)

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