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The Constitution of the United States

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accord
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice President shall have qualified.
accordingly = in keeping with (what was said previously)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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appropriate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
appropriate = suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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2  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
appropriations = budget

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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attain
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No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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controversy
3 uses
Amendment VII In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.†
controversy = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally controversy means:
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
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convention
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to convene
shall call a convention for proposing Amendments
convention = a formal meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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emancipated
1 use
But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
emancipation = the act of being released from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally emancipated means:
released from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
...and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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inhabitant
5 uses
The Electors shall meet in their respective States, and vote by Ballot for two Persons, of whom one at least shall not be an Inhabitant of the same State with themselves.†
inhabitant = a person (who lives in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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jurisdiction
9 uses
In all Cases affecting Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, and those in which a State shall be Party, the supreme Court shall have original Jurisdiction.†
jurisdiction = the authority to make decisions or apply the law; or the territory subject to such authority
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notwithstanding
1 use
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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obligation
3 uses
No State shall enter into any Treaty, Alliance, or Confederation; grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal; coin Money; emit Bills of Credit; make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts; pass any Bill of Attainder, ex post facto Law, or Law impairing the Obligation of Contracts, or grant any Title of Nobility.†
obligation = a duty
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ratify
30 uses
The Ratification of the Conventions of nine States, shall be sufficient for the Establishment of this Constitution between the States so ratifying the Same.†
ratifying = approving
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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reprieve
1 use
The President ... shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
reprieves = delays offering temporary relief
DefinitionGenerally reprieve means:
delay or halt punishment; or a warrant granting such — especially a death sentence

or:

relieve temporarily
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.
resignation = quitting (from the position)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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respective
10 uses
Amendment X The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.†
respectively = separately in the specified order
DefinitionGenerally respective means:
relating separately to the people or things just mentioned
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revise
1 use
No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.†
revision = a change; or a changed version

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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subsequent
1 use
The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.†
subsequent = following something else
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treason
7 uses
Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.†
treason = an act of betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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writ
3 uses
When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.†
writs = order issued by a court or judicial officer
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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