Daily Vocabulary from The Hindu: June 19, 2019

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1. Epistocracy
This refers to a form of political governance where the votes of people who are well informed about politics are weighed more heavily than the votes of people who have very little political knowledge.
This is in contrast to democracy where everyone’s vote is given the same weight despite the large difference.

2. Cognisable
Perceptible or within the jurisdiction of a court.
Cognisable offence and non-cognisable offence are classifications of crime used in the legal system of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Non-cognisable offences includes misbehaviour, public annoyance etc. In general non-cognisable offences are bailable and placed under First Schedule of Indian Penal Code.

3. Tantamount
In seriousness to
Synonyms: equivalent to, equal to, amounting to
Usage: – The resignations were tantamount to an admission of guilt.

4. Inter alia
Among other things.
The study includes, inter alia, computers, aircraft, and pharmaceuticals.
The judge said, inter alia, that the original contract did not appear to be valid.

5. Rekindle
Usage: – He tried to rekindle their friendship.

6. Transgressions
An offence
Usage: – Make sure you keep an eye out for further transgressions.

7. A token strike
A ˈtoken strike’ is a short strike, usually lasting only a few hours, that is used as a warning that more serious action may follow if the workers’ demands are not listened to

8. Indispensable
Absolutely necessary
Synonyms: essential, crucial, necessary, key, vital
Usage: – He made himself an indispensable part of the company.

9. Triage
The assignment of degrees of urgency to wounds or illnesses to decide the order of treatment of a large number of patients or casualties.

10. Swanky
Luxurious and expensive
Usage: – People with swanky cars always draw our attention.

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