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countervail

Definition: (verb) Oppose and mitigate the effects of by contrary actions.
Synonyms:counteract, counterbalance, neutralize
Usage:I hope that my letter of apology will countervail the foolish actions of my colleagues. Discuss.

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Modal Verbs that Indicate the Future

Because modal auxiliary verbs can be quite similar in how they are used, it is sometimes unclear when it's more appropriate to use one instead of another. For instance, "will" and "shall" can both be used to indicate the future. But "shall" can only be used to form the future tense when the subject is in what person? More... Discuss

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The Spinal Cord

Approximately 18 inches (45 cm) long, the human spinal cord is the body's major neural tract, a thin, tubular bundle of nerves that is enclosed in and protected by the bony vertebral column. Together, the spinal cord and brain compose the central nervous system. Injury to the spinal cord may result in a loss of communication between the brain and sections of the spinal cord, causing paralysis, loss of sensation, or weakness. From what part of the brain does the spinal cord extend? More... Discuss

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Rebecca Latimer Felton Becomes the First Female US Senator (1922)

Georgia Governor Thomas Hardwick unsuccessfully fought the 19th Amendment, which allowed women to vote—and to vote against him in retaliation when he ran for US Senate. Before the election, he tried to appease female voters by naming Felton, an 87-year-old suffragist and white supremacist, to be Georgia's interim senator for the shortest term in history—one day. Felton thus became the first woman, one of the last former slave-owners, and the oldest freshman to serve. Did Hardwick's ploy work? More... Discuss

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Mollie Steimer (1897)

After immigrating to New York City from Russia as a teen, Steimer worked in the garment industry, where she became involved in workers' rights and anarchism. After joining a Jewish anarchist collective, she began publishing leaflets that opposed US involvement in World War I. Arrested for distributing them, she was convicted under the Espionage Act and deported to Russia. She was soon forced to leave Russia, and later fled both Germany and France. Where did she spend the rest of her life? More... Discuss

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Liberty…is one of the most valuable blessings that Heaven has bestowed upon mankind.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

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Which of the following is not in the imperative mood?








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Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary was first celebrated by the Greeks in about the eighth century and was not adopted by the Roman Catholic Church until the later Middle Ages; no one is quite sure when this festival was first introduced. As related in the apocryphal Book of James, it commemorates the presentation of the three-year-old Mary in the Temple to consecrate her to the service of God. More... Discuss

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in (the) bud

In an undeveloped, immature, or incipient state. More... Discuss