-ant, -ants

(Latin: a suffix; a person who, the thing which; people who, things which)

covenant (s) (noun), covenants (pl)
1. A mutual agreement between two or more persons to do, or refrain from doing certain acts; a compact, contract, bargain; sometimes the undertaking, pledge, or promise of one of the parties: If Doug donates a sum of money to a charity through a covenant each year, he can reclaim the tax on it which was paid on it at a prior time.
s 2. Applied to the engagement between a person and God: A covenant is a commitment which is entered into by believers at their baptism, or admission into the visible church.
covivant (verb), covivants; covivanted; covivanting
1. To live together without being married: Jill and Leo have been covivanting for the last 10 years.
2. Etymology: from Latin co- (a form of com-), "with, together" + vivere "to live."

The term covivant, was created by Richard Lederer, a former English teacher, author and columnist and is in Lederer's words.

Fashioned from the Latin co-, "together" and the French vivant, "living."

Covivant is bilingually enduring and endearing. Its Latin form communicates a sense of permanence and stability, and its Frenchness lend the perfume of romance.

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cryotolerant (adjective), more cryotolerant, most cryotolerant
Relating to the ability to exist in very low temperatures.
defendant (s) (noun), defendants (pl)
defiant (adjective), more defiant, most defiant
Refusing to obey or to take orders from someone: "A defiant protester was shown on TV as he was still shouting and resisting the police."

"There has been a lot of news about defiant people who have been protesting in countries who are unhappy about their economic situations."

desiccant (s) (noun) desiccants (pl)
1. A substance that promotes drying; for example, calcium oxide or silica gel, absorbs water and is used to remove moisture: Desiccants have a high affinity for moisture and they are used as drying agents.
2. A drying agent or a soluble, or insoluble, chemical substance that has such a great affinity for water that it will abstract water from many fluid materials: Henry was looking for a desiccant that loses or causes the loss of moisture.
determinant (s) (noun), determinants (pl)
A causal factor which decisively affects the nature or outcome of an issue: The determinant in planning Sara's summer holidays was the weather because she wanted to go hiking.

Aaron's force of will was the main determinant of his educational success.

discordant (adjective), more discordant, most discordant
1. Conflicting or disagreeable and not getting along with each other: "The discordant views of Fred Brown, and his son Luis, resulted in many arguments between them."
2. Harsh or unpleasant sounds: "The students were playing discordant music at the beginning of the semester and then, later in the school year, they were much more harmonious."
dissonant (adjective), more dissonant, most dissonant
Associated with harshness, unpleasantness, or unacceptability: The musician's opening performance included a piece of music that was lacking in harmony because he wanted his audience to hear the difference between a dissonant kind of music and his other harmonious instrumental sounds.
A reference to harsh sounds; inharmonious.
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Conveying strong disagreements with others.
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distant (adjective); more distant, most distant
1. Descriptive of something which is far-off or remote: Lance was reading about people in distant and faraway countries when his father called him for dinner.
2. Characteristizing an event or a time that lies in the past or in the future: Aunt Jane still had distant memories of her children when they were babies.
3. Referring to a remote relative: Mrs. Thompson said she had a distant aunt and uncle who lived somewhere in Germany.
4. Concerning a person who is withdrawn, cool, or reserved: Gary could hardly start a conversation with his colleague because she was so distant, stiff, cold, and unapproachable.
5. Pertaining to an individual who is abstracted, faraway, or unaware: Mrs. Smith, Tim's teacher, noticed that he seemed to be preoccupied, inattentive, and distant, and wasn't concentrating on his work in class.
dominant (adjective), more dominant, most dominant
1. Regarding the control or command over others: The dominant party in the government has the power and authority in ruling.
2. Concerning something more important, effective, or prominent than others: The dominant churches in Germany are the Catholic and Protestant churches.
3. Relating to a single plant or animal species that is preponderant within a specific community or over a specific period: The presence of wolves in Germany is not quite dominant yet, but they certainly have killed many sheep over the months and might become more dominant if nothing is done to control them.
dormant (adjective), more dormant, most dormant
1. Relating to an animal whose natural physical capacities or activities have been delayed or decreased for a duration of time; in or as if in a deep sleep: Bears in the forest become dormant by hibernating in winter and their metabolic processes are slowed down to a minimum.
2. Pertaining to something that is not operating currently but could become active in the near future: Ted's bank account seemed to be a dormant one because he had not made any transactions for months.
Sleeping  an animal) having normal physical functions suspended or slowed down for a period of time; in or as if in a deep
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