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Word Set 7

Law and Order

TermDefinitionTypical Use
decorum (noun); decorous (adj.) order, politeness Although Kelly was upset she did not win the contest, she maintained decorum and congratulated the winner.
equitable (adj.) even-handed, fair, impartial Even though not every reached an equitable conclusion, my grandparents' marriage lasted for almost 63 years.
illicit (adj.) illegal To challenge her parents, the rebellious teenager participates in every illicit activity she can find.
incriminate (verb) accuse someone of a crime The man refused to talk because he did not want to incriminate himself in court.
indict (verb); indictment (noun) formally accuse of a crime Officials believe that they had enough evidence to indict the woman for assault , but she was acquitted during the trial.
indignant (adj.) angered (by injustice) Because the teacher accused him of cheating, the boy became indignant and walked out of the classroom.
indulgent (adj.) lenient, fond, doting, overly generous My indulgent parents give me everything I want.
judicious (adj.) fair, sensible Without judicious planning, we will not be able to complete the project on time.
ratify (verb) approve, confirm Until all of the countries ratify the treaty, the war will continue.
sanction (verb) formally approve Because of the school's behavioral problems, the principal is unlikely to sanction a school dance this year.
vindicate (verb); vindication (noun) clear of blame of suspicion while your apology doesn't vindicate your action, it may help to provide some comfort for the people who were harmed by it.
corroborate (verb) strengthen or support with additional evidence The chocolate on James' face was enough to corroborate the theory he was the one who stole brownies.
Created by: WiseStranger