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Short Definition : unsuccessful; fruitless

(adj) failing to accomplish an intended result
Synonyms : stillborn unsuccessful
Example Sentence
  • an abortive revolt
  • a stillborn plot to assassinate the President
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abortive

Relate it to abort..things usually gets aborted when it seems that it would be unsuccessful or fruitless

relate it to "abortion" in wich parents remains FRUITLESS...

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abortion is a common word which means termination of pregnancy.. and hence something unsuccessful or fruitless.

abort => "to stop somthing before result" ive= action that is "useless action"

Abort+ive: abort means to stop.. ive to stopped due to some unsuccessful conditions.

You abort an GRE score if u r unsuccessful

Antonyms:complete, consummated, effective, effectual, efficient, fruitful,successful

when we put a cd in the cd drive of a computer and den eject it before transferring data, dere is sum command which comes on da screen like ur transfer was aborted means something which was in process has stopped.........


Short Definition : rubbing away; tending to grind down

(noun) a substance that abrades or wears down Definition
(adj) causing abrasion
Synonyms : scratchy
(adj) sharply disagreeable; rigorous
Synonyms : harsh
Example Sentence
  • the harsh facts of court delays
  • an abrasive character
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abrasive

abrasive:ab-Erasive:which means rubbing away

abrasive..it sounds like aggressive,which means harsh behavior

A+BRA+sive.. it is very harsh behaviour if we touches a womens bra.. which is not good..

ab + rasi -- ab means away and rasi sounds like erase.. erasing something to remove away some dirt.. hence rubbing away.

take first three letters of this word...i.e. ABR... nw simply jumble the wrd.. it will give u...RAB...n it sounds like RUB..i.e. meaning too

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a-bra-sive which is rubbed every day

bras polishing -> rubbing or to grind down

abrasive remark like an abrasive material

like razor ,which rubs away things


Short Definition : condense or shorten

(verb) reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
Example Sentence
  • The manuscript must be shortened
(verb) lessen, diminish, or curtail
Example Sentence
  • the new law might abridge our freedom of expression
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abridge

a+bridge..well bridges are meant to reduce the gap between something..so abridging..something means reducingor shortening something.

a+bridge : bridges can shorten the transportation time..

there was a long path but due building of bridge path was shorten

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Short Definition : abolish

(verb) revoke formally
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abrogate

Imagine a boy is making sighs to a girl standing in front of her GATE,seeing that ,her BRO comes & get rid of the boy (abolish)

ab (now) + rog (disease) + ate (eat) so, eat the disease and abolish it now.

rogam-disease need to b abolished

ab+*rog*+gate What does a ROGUE do if he is given power? -> Abolish things officially !!!

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(this mnemonic needs understanding of Hindi language) ab ro gate par aakar (in Hindi) imagine a person crying(ab ro gate par aake) in front of a gate because his form has been cancelled (abolished)

ab*ROG*ate .. concentrate on ROG , it sounds like rogue and normally we like to ABOLISH rogues

A-BROke-GATE = abolish

A's (someone's) Brother is standing near INDIA GATE to abolish the excise duty law.

abro-gate to ask someone to get out of our gate . thus you are abolishing that person.

ABROGATE = ABOlish or ABATE leGAlly.

A + Bro(Brother) Gate(at gate) a brother turns away at the gate

A+Broke+Agreement ---> abrogate ---> to end a law/agreement

ab+rog+ate: ab rog ne use kha liya...

Ab ro gate par cos tender has abrogated.

A Bro Gate, a gate for brothers only, which abrogates the hierarchy.

aman+bra+ gate :Ladies revoked or abrogated as the man was putting bra on GATE.

bro(brother)bfr gate, child should not beg it should be abolished

a + bro + gate they put a gate on my bro to revoke him or my bro was leaving home, so they closed gate to stop or revoke him.

A bro not going into a gate and turning back.

aman+bra+ gate :Ladies revoked or abrogated as the man was putting bra on GATE.


Short Definition : cutting off; separation

(noun) shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant Definition
(noun) the act of cutting something off
Synonyms : cutting off
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abscission

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It had the word sciss(scissors) in it.Scissors are used for Cutting,seperating..

ab + scission = scissor scissor separates two things by cutting them ,so separation

"abscission" sounds like "Recession"..nw a days companies are cutting their employs due to recession.

its from word abscissnic acid which causes cutting of bud off the plant. so abscission is cutting off

rogate is something that sounds rogam which should b abolished......

Imagin word in following way "absc I ssion". Here " I " is separating "absc" and "ssion". SO it is nothing but cutting these words.

rootword meaning ab(away)scission(scissors)=== scissors cut away anything in two parts

it may be from abscissa,i.e X-axis, X is crossed or cut off

Using word roots, abs=away or off and cis=cut/kill, hence abs+cis+sion= cut something off


Short Definition : depart secretly and hide

(verb) run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
Example Sentence
  • The thief made off with our silver
  • the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abscond

Abscond – ab + scond. ‘Absent in a second’. When you will absent in a second? =when u STEAL OFF & HIDE, or when u DEPART secretly.

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absCOND sounds like abs'KAND'..when you do KAND you run away, depart secretly and hide :)

focus on cond=condition if elders keep conditions to do this n that we will do it secretly or we will escape from that place secretly

ABSENT KAUN(who?) - whoever is absent in class has absconded

abscond treat it like james bond, hidinng from villain

ab-Abishek, scond-scoundral "Amithab scolded Abi as scoundral, and abishek ran off or hide secretly with fear

abscond - the con artist secretly depart from the town.

due to continuous absence in college,they detained him

kand karke abscond ho gaya

abs + cond (condition) : I should have six pack abs is an important condition before she can abscond with me.

Abs (Absent)+ cond(condition)


Short Definition : complete; totally unlimited; having complete power; certain; not relative; Ex. absolute honesty/ruler; CF. absolutism

(noun) something that is conceived or that exists independently and not in relation to other things; something that does not depend on anything else and is beyond human control; something that is not relative
Example Sentence
  • no mortal being can influence the absolute
(adj) perfect or complete or pure
Example Sentence
  • absolute loyalty
  • absolute silence
  • absolute truth
  • absolute alcohol
(adj) complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
Example Sentence
  • absolute freedom
  • an absolute dimwit
  • a downright lie
  • out-and-out mayhem
  • an out-and-out lie
  • a rank outsider
  • many right-down vices
  • got the job through sheer persistence
  • sheer stupidity
(adj) not limited by law
Example Sentence
  • an absolute monarch
(adj) expressing finality with no implication of possible change
Example Sentence
  • an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority
(adj) not capable of being violated or infringed
Synonyms : infrangible inviolable
Example Sentence
  • infrangible human rights
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"solute" sounds like salute and we use to salute people having complete power.

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A+B(P)+SOLUTE= A perfect sol, that dissolves anything completely, perfectly and anything that is pure

Absolute power = complete power

at absolut temp gaseous particles remain "completely" at rest

absolute comes from "Absolutely Right "....meaning completely right.


Short Definition : pardon (an offense)

(verb) grant remission of a sin to
Synonyms : shrive
Example Sentence
  • The priest absolved him and told him to say ten Hail Mary's
(verb) let off the hook
Synonyms : free justify
Example Sentence
  • I absolve you from this responsibility
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for absolve

ab -solve . so you solved a dispute between you and your friend , how did you solve it by forgiving and pardoning him/her .

Releasing a person from jail sheriff tells him: "you can go I'VE SOLVED the crime, turns out you are innocent after all"

bahut cheating kar li ..."ab solve" kardo...

absolve also=exempt,discharge,dispense,exculpate,acquit,exonerate,vindicate

ab + solve : if you can solve this problem, I can absolve your sin from the accusation of cheating in exam. (a teacher said to his student)

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"Don't let him off the hook unless you ABSOLutely belieVE that he didn't do it."

ab-now, solve is normal.. "ab problem solve ho gaya hi.. mein tujhe maaf kar raha hun.. jaa"

I'll let my Ab(s) Solve the problem between us, and when she pardons me, she'll be all over my abs...ooh.

Ab+ Solve; if you move away(Ab) to solve problems you will feel guilty; if you SOLVE your problems, you will be free from guilt and blame and their consequences.

absolve your sin is to pardon your sin.

abhi solve karde to maaf kar dunga


Short Definition : refrain; withhold from participation; intentionally not use one's vote;

(verb) refrain from voting Definition
(verb) choose not to consume
Synonyms : desist refrain
Example Sentence
  • I abstain from alcohol
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abstain

ab+stain...we tend to stay away from stain....

this can be written as "ab+stai......and stai......sounds like stay.... and .. stay out of something means not involving in sth that doesn't concern to one.

ab+stain ... Dell Steyn is a dangerous bowler .. batsman normaly dont want to cm in front of him

Focus on stain mom will scold us if we have some ud or ink stains on our dress .So,promise to mom i wont play in mud again(choose not to do something")

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like in above case intentionally not using one's vote.means one knows that even if he/she uses thier votes politicians will never change hence they are concern about it and staying out of the voting process

ab (away) + stain = Mom asked me to be away from or not participate in the party due to stain

Steyn is an South African bowler with an ugly face.. so, ab+styen means stop looking at him, or withhold the participation.

abs + tain (train - trainer) : my abs trainer (in gym) advised me to abstain from alcohol and oily stuffs.

ab (meaning away) + stain : we generally tend to stay away from stain (dirt, dust etc)

Read ab+stain like ab+stay(means stop) i.e ab stop smoking

abstain-(ab+stain) also abdicate(ab+ dicate) both r 2 give up something you liked. abdicate can be related to dictatorship,& abstain can be related to stain which is not cherished. so u abdicate from monarch but abstain frm smokin


Short Definition : sparing in eating and drinking; temperate

(adj) sparing in consumption of especially food and drink
Example Sentence
  • the pleasures of the table, never of much consequence to one naturally abstemious
(adj) marked by temperance in indulgence
Synonyms : light
Example Sentence
  • abstemious with the use of adverbs
  • a light eater
  • a light smoker
  • ate a light supper
   Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for abstemious

focus on 'abs' part of this word. Abs...To build a six-pack abs, eat n drink carefully

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ABstain from eating STEM

abs (abs) + stemious (stamina): To build stamina or six pack abs, you have to eat and drink carefully.

take abstemious as abs + tummy + ous that means ABStain from eating to have a flat tummy (stomach).

*ABS*temious , concentrate on ABS .. one who eats and drinks less/lightly will have abs ( of course with work out :) )

ABS+STEAM...I want to make my ABS as light as steam...what will I do???...I will have less amount of food.......

'ab'(away) + 'stemious'(stem of tree) not as thick as stem == refrains in eating(or suffering from marasmus)

Ab + stem + ious...imagine stomach abs and to make them stem like thin you try to eat and drink less

remember as ABS + STEM. If you want to build Abs then you hav to Stem (stop) eating junk food.

be abstemious to avoid conversion of abs into tummy


just focus on abs we get abs by eating food and its abstemious soo abs for u

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