The Hindu Editorial (Threat or treat) – Nov 17, 2020

The Hindu Editorial (Threat or treat) – Nov 17, 2020

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) was signed into existence on Sunday by 15 countries led by China,… For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Threat or treat) – Nov 17, 2020.

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Today’s word list-1 for The Hindu Editorial (Threat or treat) – Nov 17, 2020:

  1. Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) (noun) – a proposed agreement between the member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its free trade agreement (FTA) partners. The pact aims to cover trade in goods and services, intellectual property, etc.
  2. flag (verb) – indicate, identify, point out.
  3. sign into existence (phrase) – to sign to exist.
  4. bloc (noun) – alliance, association, union.
  5. protracted (adjective) – long, long-lasting, lengthy, prolonged, extended.
  6. burgeoning (adjective) – growing, increasing expanding, mushrooming rapidly.
  7. trade deficit (noun) – a trade deficit (a deficit in the balance of trade) occurs when the value of a country’s imports exceeds that of its exports. It is also called a trade gap.
  8. cite (verb) – refer to, adduce, make reference to, invoke.
  9. accede to (verb) – agree to, consent to, accept.
  10. deal-breaker (noun) – (in business) a specific issue or thing or factor that will cause an agreement or deal to fail.
  11. on the face of it (phrase) – apparently, seemingly, evidently/ostensibly; at first glance.
  12. justifiable (adjective) – valid, legitimate, reasonable.
  13. down the road (phrase) – in the future.
  14. opt out (phrasal verb) – decide not to participate in something.
  15. far more (phrase) – a lot more, much more.
  16. debatable (adjective) – controversial, questionable, disputable.
  17. in terms of (phrase) – with regard to, regarding/concerning, in connection with.
  18. rationale (noun) – reason, reasoning, grounds, basis, logic.
  19. founder (verb) – fail, be unsuccessful, break down, collapse.
  20. shoals (noun) – a hidden danger/difficulty.
  21. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  22. prompt (verb) – give rise to, bring about, cause, trigger.
  23. pre-eminence (noun) – superiority, supremacy, greatness, excellence, distinction, prominence.
  24. bulwark (noun) – protector, guard, supporter.
  25. hardly (adverb) – barely, only just, almost not.
  26. understate (verb) – play down, downplay, de-emphasize, downgrade, diminish.
  27. add to (phrase) – increase, augment, intensify, heighten, deepen; aggravate, inflame, worsen, make worse, compound.
  28. heightened (adjective) – increased, intensified, worsen, aggravated.
  29. uncertainty (noun) – unpredictability, unreliability, riskiness/precariousness.
  30. deadlocked (adjective) – being tied.
  31. Brexit (noun) – a term used for the (supposed) departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union.
  32. vital (adjective) – key, essential, important.
  33. given (preposition) – considering, taking into account, bearing in mind.
  34. account for (phrasal verb) – constitute, make up, comprise, form.
  35. Gross domestic product (GDP) (noun) – a measure of economic activity in a country. It is the total value of a country’s annual output of goods and service.
  36. signatory (noun) – the person who signed an official document/agreement.
  37. emphatic (adjective) – clear, definite, firm, decisive.
  38. accord (noun) – agreement, pact, treaty.
  39. inclusive (adjective) – all-embracing, all-inclusive, with everyone included, comprehensive.
  40. supply chain (noun) – a network between a company and its suppliers to produce and distribute a specific product to the final buyer.
  41. relatively (adverb) – comparatively, proportionately, somewhat, to a certain extent/degree.
  42. far (adverb) – much, considerably, markedly, noticeably.
  43. imbalance (noun) – disparity, variation, disproportion, unevenness, lopsidedness.
  44. bury (verb) – hide, conceal, cover something completely.
  45. geopolitical (adjective) – relating to the geographical factors (a country’s position on the earth, size, climate, and natural resources & etc,.) in world politics and inter-state relations.
  46. difference (noun) – dissimilarity, variation, disparity, imbalance; disagreement, difference of opinion.  
  47. prioritise (verb) – make a point of, highlight, call attention to (something as very important).
  48. compact (noun) – treaty, pact, accord, agreement.
  49. testament (noun) – witness/evidence, proof, testimony.
  50. realism (noun) – pragmatism, practicality, matter-of-factness.
  51. trump (verb) – outshine, eclipse, surpass, outdo, outperform; do better than.
  52. nationalist (adjective) – patriotic.
  53. address (verb) – deal with, handle, tackle, grapple with.
  54. remedy (noun) – solution, answer, antidote/panacea.
  55. acknowledge (verb) – admit, accept, realize.
  56. heft (noun) – influence, ability; weight/strength.
  57. leave the door open (phrase) – to allow for the possibility of something.
  58. stance (noun) – point of view, opinion, standpoint.
  59. waive (verb) – ignore, drop, omit, forgo.
  60. cooling-off period (noun) – a period of time which allows settlement of arguments for someone to act.
  61. applicant (noun) – candidate, entrant.
  62. dispassionately (adverb) – composedly, rationally/sensibly, neutrally/impartially.
  63. embrace (verb) – welcome, accept, adapt, take up.
  64. openness (noun) – lack of restriction; accessibility.
  65. rather than (phrase) – instead of.
  66. protectionism (noun) – the use of tariff and non-tariff restrictions on imports to protect domestic producers from foreign competition.


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