Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 8

By | February 17, 2014

This is the eighth part of the Civil Service Vocabulary Review series of Ph Civil Service Reviewer. In this series, we discuss the words that commonly appear in English vocabulary examinations. The other parts of this series can be found in this blog’s English page.

Civil Service Exam Vocabulary Review 8

1. bias – the action of supporting/opposing a particular person or thing in an unfair way.

Sample Sentence: Good judges must be objective about their decisions and must uphold the law without bias.

2. contradiction – a disagreement between two things which means that both cannot be true; inconsistency

Sample Sentence: How can anybody believe him? His statements are full of contradictions.

3. debris – the remains of something broken or destroyed; rubble, ruins

Sample Sentence: After the earthquake, two cars were hit by falling debris from a 21-story building.

4. elicit – to draw or bring out, to get or produce something (especially information)

Sample Sentence: If you ask questions, you will surely elicit answers.

5. mediocre – ordinary, of moderate quality

Sample Sentence: In our country, there are many blockbuster movies whose quality is less than mediocre.

6. mendicant – someone who asks people whom they do not know for money

Sample Sentence: I am a spiritual person, but I do not really favor mendicants on the streets preaching with their donation pouches displayed beside them.

7. nuisance – someone or something that is annoying

Sample Sentence: In my country, when you do not have money and you run for elections, they call you a nuisance candidate.

8. provocative – serving to provoke, incite, or excite

Sample Sentences

  • In hostage situations, the hostages are advised to refrain from making provocative actions that will anger the hostage takers.
  • Some believe that one of the causes of rape are the women’s provocative outfits.

9. redundant – unnecessary repetition

Sample Sentence: “Kindly edit this article. Many of the sentences are redundant.”

10. sporadic – happening sometimes, not regularly

Sample Sentence: Ten kids died this month because of the sporadic cases of a new strain of influenza.

References: Your Dictionary, Cambridge Dictionaries Online, Merriam-Webster

Please keep posted for more vocabulary review, until next time.

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