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Admission - means to allow entry, to make available certain privileges, confession or a conceding.
Admittance - means only to allow entry.


Adverse - opposed, antagonistic, hostile.
Averse - means disinclined, reluctant, loath.

Aggravate - to make (a troublesome existing condition) worse.

And/or - an imperfection much favored by lawyers. Use and or or.

Anxious - conveys the idea of desire, but has a connotation of apprehension.
Eager - conveys the idea of desire without any connotation of apprehension..

Compare to - means to liken one thing to another.
Compare with - means to examine two things to discover their likenesses and differences.

Complex - emphasizes the number of the interrelated parts.
Complicated - emphasizes the intricacy of the relationship of the parts.

Comprise - to contain, embrace, comprehend. The whole comprises the parts, but not vice versa. You can say that the family comprises three people, but not that three people comprise the household.
Include - suggests that the component items are not mentioned in their entirety.

Convince - means to get someone to believe something.
Persuade - means to get someone to do something.

Deprecate - means to pray against, to disapprove, to wish it would go away.
Depreciate - means to reduce or decline in value, to belittle, or disparage.

Differ from - means to be unlike.
Differ with - means to disagree with.

Discomfit - means to defeat completely, overthrow, or rout.
Discomfort - means to make uncomfortable or uneasy.

Each side - refers to an object that has more than two sides.
Either side - refers to an object that has only two sides.

Evoke - means to elicit, summon, or call forth.
Invoke - means to call upon or resort to a source of authority.

Flaunt - means to display ostentatiously or impudently.
Flout - means to display contempt for.

Flounder - to stumble or thrash about awkwardly, to move or speak confusedly.
Founder - means (in the case of a ship) to fill with water and sink.

Forcible - means having or using force.
Forceful - means vigorous, strong, or effective.

Fortuitous - means happening by chance.
Fortunate - means marked by good luck.

Historic - means figuring in history.
Historical - means pertaining to history.

Impracticable - means not feasible.
Impractical - means not useful or not valuable in practice, or too costly.

Insure - means to make certain, to indemnify against loss.
Ensure - means to make certain.

Masterful - means imperious or domineering.
Masterly - means in the manner of a master.

Might - expresses a slightly greater degree of uncertainty than may.

Mitigate - means to soften, moderate, or make less severe.
Militate - means to have an opposing effect.

People - Use for large, uncounted groups.
Persons - Use for an exact or small number.

Perquisites - refers to benefits or rights to which someone is entitled.
Prerequisites - refers to things that are required in advance.

Practically - means in practice or for practical purposes.
Virtually - means in effect, as good as, or almost.

Precipitate - means abrupt.
Precipitous - means steep.

Predominate - a verb that means to be superior
Predominant - an adjective that means superior or authoritative.

Provided, providing - are interchangeable.

Irregardless - is incorrectly used for the correct word, regardless.

Restive - means unruly, stubborn, balky.
Restless - refers to a condition of impatient activity.

Reticent - means disinclined to speak.
Reluctant - means averse, unwilling.

Same as - conveys a sense of being identical
Just like - conveys a sense of being similar.

Take care, Take heed - both suggest paying close attention to something, but the first contains an added note of caution or watchfulness.

Uninterested - means lacking interest, indifferent.
Disinterested - means free of personal motive, unprejudiced.

Until, Till - have the same meaning, although the first is slightly more formal and is more frequently used to begin sentences.

Well - refers to health.
Good - refers to health, but can also mean pleasant or happy.


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