List 41

The Top 60 Most Common Academic Words

according to Averil Coxhead's Academic Word List (2000)

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  1. analysis

    abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts
  2. approach

    move towards
  3. area

    the extent of a two-dimensional surface within a boundary
  4. assessment

    the act of judging a person or situation or event
  5. assume

    take to be the case or to be true
  6. authority

    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  7. available

    obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
  8. benefit

    something that aids or promotes well-being
  9. concept

    an abstract or general idea inferred from specific instances
  10. consistent

    the same throughout in structure or composition
  11. constitutional

    existing as an essential characteristic
  12. context

    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
  13. contract

    a binding agreement that is enforceable by law
  14. create

    bring into existence
  15. data

    a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
  16. definition

    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase
  17. derived

    formed or developed from something else; not original
  18. distribution

    the act of spreading or apportioning
  19. economic

    of or relating to production and management of wealth
  20. environment

    the totality of surrounding conditions
  21. established

    brought about or set up or accepted
  22. estimate

    judge tentatively
  23. evidence

    knowledge on which to base belief
  24. export

    sell or transfer abroad
  25. factor

    anything that contributes causally to a result
  26. financial

    involving fiscal matters
  27. formula

    a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  28. function

    what something is used for
  29. identified

    having the identity known or established
  30. income

    the amount of money one makes over a period of time
  31. indicate

    designate a place, direction, person, or thing
  32. individual

    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  33. interpretation

    the act of expressing something in an artistic performance
  34. involved

    connected by participation or association or use
  35. issue

    some situation or event that is thought about
  36. labour

    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  37. legal

    established by or founded upon law or official rules
  38. legislation

    the act of making or enacting laws
  39. major

    greater in scope or effect
  40. method

    a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
  41. occur

    come to pass
  42. percent

    a proportion in relation to a whole
  43. period

    an amount of time
  44. policy

    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
  45. principle

    a basic generalization that is accepted as true
  46. procedure

    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  47. process

    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  48. required

    necessary by rule
  49. research

    a seeking for knowledge
  50. response

    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  51. role

    the actions and activities assigned to a person or group
  52. section

    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others
  53. sector

    a particular aspect of life or activity
  54. significant

    rich in implication
  55. similar

    having the same or nearly the same characteristics
  56. source

    the place where something begins
  57. specific

    stated explicitly or in detail
  58. structure

    a complex entity made of many parts
  59. theory

    a belief that can guide behavior
  60. variable

    something that is likely to change
Created on January 4, 2010
(updated January 4, 2010)

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