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adjective
  1. well grounded or justifiable, pertinent.
I will believe him as soon as he offers a answer.
  1. acceptable, proper or correct.
A format for the date is MM/DD/YY.
Do not drive without a license.
  1. related to the current topic, or presented within context, relevant.
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noun
  1. The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable
The Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world.
  1. The degree of importance you give to something.
  2. The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else
He tried to estimate the value of the produce at normal prices.
  1. An ideal accepted by some individual or group
He has old-fashioned values.
  1. (music) The relative duration of a musical note.
  2. Relative darkness or lightness of a color; "I establish the colors and principal values by organizing the painting into three values--dark, medium...and light." -Joe Hing Lowe
  3. Numerical quantity measured or assigned or computed; "the value assigned was 16 milliseconds."
verb (valu, ing)
  1. Estimate the value of; "How would you rate his chances to become President?"; "Gold was rated highly among the Romans."
  2. Place a value on; judge the worth of something; "I will have the family jewels appraised by a professional."
  3. Regard highly; think much of.
  4. Fix or determine the value of; assign a value to, as of jewelry or art work.
  5. Hold dear; "I prize these old photographs."
variable Tweet Definition of variable Like Definition of variable on Facebook
noun
  1. something that is
    1. Adjective, variable
    2. something whose value may be dictated or discovered
    There are several variables to consider here.
    1. (mathematics) a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values
    2. (mathematics) a symbol representing a variable
    3. (complang) a named memory location in which a program can store intermediate results and from which it can read it them
    4. (astronomy) a variable star
adjective
  1. able to vary
  2. likely to vary
  3. marked by diversity or difference
  4. (math) having no fixed quantitative value
  5. (biology) tending to deviate from a normal or recognized type
virtue Tweet Definition of virtue Like Definition of virtue on Facebook
noun
  1. (uncountable) excellence in morals
  2. (countable) A good habit
  3. (countable) a good model quality
  4. (uncountable) chastity and faithfullness
  5. (countable) an exemplary quality
  6. (context, Christian, _, angelology, biblical tradition) the second level of angels, ranked above angels and below archangels
virtuous Tweet Definition of virtuous Like Definition of virtuous on Facebook
adjective
  1. Full of virtue, having excellent moral character
vitalism Tweet Definition of vitalism Like Definition of vitalism on Facebook
noun
  1. the doctrine that life involves some nonmaterial "vital force", and cannot be explained scientifically
voluntarism Tweet Definition of voluntarism Like Definition of voluntarism on Facebook
noun
  1. a reliance on volunteers to support an institution or achieve an end; volunteerism
  2. (philosophy) a doctrine that assigns the most dominant position to the will rather than the intellect
vortex Tweet Definition of vortex Like Definition of vortex on Facebook
noun (rfc-level, Noun at L4+ not in L3 POS section)
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pl=vortices)
  1. A whirlwind, whirlpool, or similarly moving matter in the form of a spiral or column.
  2. (figurative) Anything that involves constant violent or chaotic activity around some centre.
  3. (figurative) Anything which inevitably draws surrounding things into its current.

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