Academic Vocabulary Toolkit 1, Words 91-100 – 10 Words

significance

the quality of being important

Table tennis is a serious sport in China, with deep political significance.Time (Mar 21, 2014)
significant

important in effect or meaning

There is a significant amount of research into the relationship between the words we chose and the personalities we possess.New York Times (Jun 11, 2014)
similar

having the same or nearly the same characteristics

We can often tell that two people are related because they have several similar physical traits, such as facial features or hair color.Scientific American (Jun 12, 2014)
similarity

the quality of being alike

Lesson: Similarities breed liking and liking leads to a desire to help.Forbes (May 26, 2014)
subjective

taking place within the mind and modified by individual bias

What makes the best sweet onion is largely subjective.New York Times (Apr 8, 2014)
tradition

a specific practice of long standing

The Arabic poetic tradition is among the world’s oldest.The Guardian (Jun 11, 2014)
unique

the single one of its kind

Fingerprints are used to identify people because each person’s fingerprints are unique, but people can have similar fingerprint patterns.Scientific American (Jun 12, 2014)
valid

well grounded in logic or truth or having legal force

The saying “never go to bed angry” is valid advice.Time (May 2, 2014)
variety

a collection containing an assortment of things

Part of the problem is the variety of meanings the one word can carry.Time (Jun 11, 2014)
vary

be subject to change

There are other holidays during the school year and the length of the school day can vary.BBC (Jun 10, 2014)

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