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C2 Level Vocabulary for Speaking and Writing

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WordMeaningExample
PragmaticSolving problems in a sensible way that suits the conditions that really exist now, rather than obeying fixed theories, ideas, or rulesIn business, the pragmatic approach to problems is often more successful than an idealistic one.
ImplicationAn occasion when you seem to suggest something without saying it directly.From what she said, the implication was that they were splitting up.
AdverseHaving a negative or harmful effect on something.It is clear that these violent films have an adverse effect on children.
PerceptionA belief or opinion, often held by many people and based on how things seem.It is my perception that his argument was fundamentally flawed.
AmbiguousHaving or expressing more than one possible meaning, sometimes intentionally.The wording of the agreement is ambiguous.
PredominantlyMostly or mainly.She is predominantly a dancer, but she also sings.
ProminentVery well known and important.The government should be playing a more prominent role in promoting human rights.
NumerousManyThere are numerous health benefits of practising yoga
RestrictedLimited, especially by official rules, laws, etc.A restricted document is one that you need official permission to read because the government wants to keep it secret.
NaiveToo ready to believe someone or something, or to trust that someone’s intentions are good, due to a lack of experience.It was naive of her to think that she would ever get her money back.
ConstructiveAdvice, feedback useful to help others improve something.I am looking for constructive feedback to improve my writing skills.
DisruptionThe action of preventing something, especially a system, process, or event, from continuing as usual or as expected.The strike brought severe disruption to flights over the holiday weekend.
AmpleMore than enough.You’ll have ample opportunity to ask questions after the talk.
InsignificantSmall or not noticeable, and therefore not considered important.The difference between the two results was insignificant.
WidespreadExisting or happening in many places and/or among many people.There’s widespread agreement that the law should be changed.
Deduceto reach an answer or a decision by thinking carefully about the known factsThe police have deduced that he must have left his apartment yesterday evening.
AccountableSomeone who is accountable is completely responsible for what they do and must be able to give a satisfactory reason for it.Politicians should be accountable to the public who elected them.
Pursuitthe act of trying to achieve a plan, activity, or situation, usually over a long period of time.The company is ruthless in its pursuit of profit.
Rivalto be as good, clever, beautiful, etc. as someone or something else.No computer can rival a human brain for/in complexity.
Sustainto cause or allow something to continue for a period of time.The economy looks set to sustain its growth into next year.
Viableable to work as intended or able to succeed.In order to make the company viable, it will, unfortunately, be necessary to reduce staffing levels.
 

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