Literacy /ˈlɪt(ə)rəsi/ noun

Meaning: The ability to read and write. Example: Tests of literacy and numeracy Synonyms: Ability to read and write, reading/writing ability, reading/writing proficiency

Stem /stɛm/ noun

Meaning:  A long, thin supportive or main section of something. Example: The main stem of the wing feathers  

Inventory /ˈɪnv(ə)nt(ə)ri/ noun

Meaning: A  complete list of items such as property, goods in stock, or the contents of a building. Example: A complete inventory of all their belongings Synonyms: list, listing, catalogue, directory, record, register, checklist, tally, roster, file, log, account, archive, description, statement

Archaic /ɑːˈkeɪɪk/ adjective

Meaning: Very old or old-fashioned. Example: Prisons are run on archaic methods Synonyms: obsolete, obsolescent, out of date, anachronistic, old-fashioned, outmoded, behind the times, bygone, antiquated, antique, superannuated, antediluvian, past its prime, having seen better days, olde worlde Antonyms: new, modern

Hackneyed /ˈhaknɪd/ adjective

Meaning: (of a phrase or idea) having been overused; unoriginal and trite. Example: Hackneyed old sayings Synonyms: overused, overworked, overdone, worn out, time-worn, platitudinous, vapid, stale, tired, threadbare Antonyms: original, fresh

Cliche /ˈkliːʃeɪ/ noun

Meaning: A phrase or opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought. Example: That old cliché ‘a woman's place is in the home Synonyms: platitude, hackneyed phrase, commonplace, banality, truism, trite phrase, banal phrase, overworked phrase, stock phrase, bromide

Platitude /ˈplatɪtjuːd/ noun

Meaning: a remark or statement, especially one with a moral content, that has been used too often to be interesting or thoughtful. Example: She began uttering liberal platitudes Synonyms: cliché, truism, commonplac

Precept /ˈpriːsɛpt/ noun

Meaning: A general rule intended to regulate behavior or thought. Example: The legal precept of being innocent until proven guilty Synonyms: principle, rule, tenet, canon, code, doctrine, guideline, working principle, law, ordinance, statute, command, order, decree, mandate, dictate, dictum, directive, direction, instruction, injunction, prescription, commandment

Mediocre /ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə/ adjective

Meaning: Of only average quality; not very good. Example: He is an enthusiastic if mediocre painter Synonyms: ordinary, common, commonplace, indifferent, average, middle-of-the-road, middling, medium, moderate, everyday, workaday, tolerable, passable, adequate, fair Antonyms: exceptional, excellent

Unpariel /ˌnɒnpəˈreɪl/ adjective

Meaning : Having no match or equal; unrivalled. Example : He is a nonpareil storyteller Synonyms: incomparable, matchless, unrivalled, unparalleled, unequalled, without equal, peerless, unmatched

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