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  • NOVICE, NOVITIATE - Novice properly means one who is new in any business or calling; novitiate, the state or time of being a novice.
  • OBSERVATION, OBSERVANCE - Observation contains the idea of "looking at"; observance, of "keeping," "celebrating." "We speak of the observation of a fact, of a star; of the observance of a festival, of a rule."
  • ORAL, VERBAL - "Oral, in the sense of 'in spoken words,' is preferable to verbal, since verbal means 'in words' whether spoken or written."
  • ORGANISM, ORGANIZATION - An organism is a "living body composed of a number of essential parts." Organization denotes "the act of organizing," or "an organized body of persons," as a literary society.
  • PART, PORTION - Part is the general word for that which is less than the whole: as, the whole is equal to the sum of all its parts....
  • PARTLY, PARTIALLY - "Partly, in the sense of 'in part,' is preferable to partially, since partially also means 'with partiality.'"
  • PERSUADE, ADVISE - To persuade is "to induce," "to convince;" to advise is "to give counsel or information."
  • PITIABLE, PITIFUL - "Pitiable, in the sense of 'deserving pity,' is preferable to pitiful, since pitiful also means 'compassionate,' as, 'The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.'"
  • PLENTY - PLENTY is now in good use as a noun only, as "Plenty of corn and wine." Shakespeare used the word as an adjective in "Reasons as plenty as blackberries," but this use is obsolete. The use of plenty as an adverb, as "The food is plenty good enough," is a vulgarism.
  • PRACTICABLE, PRACTICAL - That is practicable which can be done; that is practical which is not theoretical only: as, "a practicable plan," "a practical electrician."
  • PREDICATE, PREDICT - To predicate is "to affirm as an attribute or quality;" to predict is "to foretell."
  • PRESCRIBE, PROSCRIBE - To prescribe is "to lay down as a rule or a remedy;" to proscribe is "to condemn to death or to loss of rights."
  • PRODUCE, PRODUCT, PRODUCTION - Produce is always collective, and is used only of raw products: as, the produce of the soil, of the flock. Product denotes the result of some operation...
  • PROMINENCE, PREDOMINANCE - Prominence means "a standing out from something, so as to be conspicuous." Predominance denotes "ascendency,"

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