The Hindu Editorial (When two is too little) – Jun 02, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (When two is too little) – Jun 02, 2021

Six years after abandoning the “one child policy” of 1979, China’s Communist Party has now introduced a “three child policy”.  For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (When two is too little) – Jun 02, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (When two is too little) – Jun 02, 2021:

  1. China’s three child policy (noun) – This policy, announced by China’s Communist Party on May 31, 2021, allows married Chinese couples to have up to three children.
  2. demographic (adjective) – relating to the statistical study/structure of populations, especially human beings.
  3. intervention (noun) – the process of intervening in something; involvement, interference.
  4. unintended (adjective) – unplanned, unexpected, inadvertent, incidental/accidental.
  5. consequence (noun) – outcome, ramification, repercussion.
  6. China’s one child policy (noun) – This had been enforced by then-leader Deng Xiaoping in 1979-80 to slow population growth. The one-child policy led to a severe gender imbalance in the country. 
  7. move (noun) – initiative, step, action, measure.
  8. ageing (adjective) – old.
  9. preserve (verb) – sustain, conserve, protect, maintain, care for.
  10. politburo (noun) – the main policy-making committee (standing committee) of a communist party.
  11. once-in-a-decade (adjective) – relating to something (e.g census) undertaken once every ten years.
  12. census (noun) – an official survey, particularly of a population.
  13. prompt (verb) – give rise to, bring about, cause.
  14. account for (phrasal verb) – constitute, comprise, form, represent.
  15. fertility rate (noun) – a rate that measures the average number of children per woman.
  16. fell past of fall (verb) – decrease, decline, reduce, lessen.
  17. acknowledgement (noun) – acceptance, admission, recognition, realization.
  18. come of (phrasal verb) – result from.
  19. intrusive (adjective) – intruding, interfering, unwanted, unwelcome; annoying, irritating, interrupting, disturbing.
  20. measure (noun) – action, step, procedure.
  21. go back (phrasal verb) – revert, return.
  22. “later, longer, fewer” campaign (noun) – Beginning in the 1970s, China strongly promoted policies of limiting fertility, using the slogan “wan, xi, shao” – “later, longer, fewer.” The campaign encouraged later marriage, longer intervals between children, and fewer children, using a variety of birth control means. 
  23. ironically (adverb) – paradoxically, unexpectedly, strangely.
  24. exhortation (noun) – a communication/statement that forcefully urges someone to do something; urging, encouragement, pushing, insistence; call, demand, entreaty, appeal.
  25. workforce (noun) – workers, employees.
  26. grapple with (verb) – tackle, confront, deal with, cope with.
  27. gender-imbalanced (adjective) – relating to the disparity/inequality between males and females in a population.
  28. gender (noun) – Gender is used to describe the characteristics of women and men that are socially constructed, while sex refers to those that are biologically determined.
  29. demographer (noun) – an expert in the statistical study of populations, especially human beings.
  30. China’s two child policy (noun) – China scrapped its decades-old one-child policy in 2016, replacing it with a two-child policy to allow married couples to have two children.
  31. substantially (adverb) – considerably, significantly, largely.
  32. sensitive to (adjective) – responsive to, quick to respond to, sensitized to, reactive to.
  33. child-rearing (adjective) – relating to the process of bringing up a child.
  34. attribute (verb) – hold responsible for; connect/associate with.
  35. stringent (adjective) – strict, severe, extreme, rigorous.
  36. borne past participle of bear (verb) – take responsibility for, support, shoulder, absorb.
  37. prospective (adjective) – intended, planned, expected, anticipated; potential, possible, probable.
  38. rather than (phrase) – instead of.
  39. relax (verb) – make something (rule/condition) less strict; moderate, ease up, lessen.
  40. abolish (verb) – put an end to, do away with, get rid of, scrap, terminate, eradicate.
  41. acknowledge (verb) – admit, accept, recognize, realize.
  42. pledge (verb) – vow, state, promise, affirm, commit/bind oneself.
  43. by no means (phrase) – not at all, in no way, certainly not, absolutely not, definitely not.
  44. entrenched (adjective) – ingrained, established, embedded.
  45. reviled (adjective) – criticized, censured, condemned.
  46. bureaucracy (noun) – red tape, rules and regulations, protocol.
  47. in place (phrase) – established, in position.
  48. underline (verb) – emphasize, underscore, highlight.
  49. preferential (adjective) – special, advantageous, favourable.
  50. leave aside (phrasal verb) – to not consider something; ignore, dismiss, push aside.
  51. enforcement (noun) – imposition, implementation, execution.
  52. abortion (noun) – medical termination of pregnancy.
  53. sterilisation (noun) – the surgical procedure which permanently prevents a person’s capability of reproduction.
  54. abuse (noun) – ill-treatment, mistreatment, maltreatment, ill use.
  55. state-led (adjective) – managed/done by the government.


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