(Latin: a suffix found at the end of some words that make certain verbs become nouns.)
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2. Preparatory actions: The tour guide undertook all the provisions necessary to escort a group of older visitors to his country, ensuring that the hotel reservations and transportation arrangements were complete.
3. A stock of necessary supplies; especially, food: The hikers in the mountains took enough provisions with them to last the entire trip.
4. A stipulation or qualification; particularly, a clause in a document or agreement: The land purchase forms which the new owners signed included a provision which allowed the former owner to keep her cows in the barn for the next three months.
5. A situation in which there is sufficient replenishment of necessities and materials: The pharmaceutical company supplied all the provisions that were essential to keep the hospital functioning safely for at least a month.
A recession is considered by some economists as the period between when financial conditions have reached their peaks and then declined to their lowest levels.2. The withdrawal of participants in a ceremony: The clergy and the choir left in a recession after the church service.
3. The process of going back or becoming more distant: The people in the community were happy to see the recession of the floodwaters.
2. In computer programming, a process of defining a program, a function, a routine, or a procedure in terms of itself: Manfred used a function of recursion from within the same operation to compute a given series of whole numbers.
3. Etymology: from late Latin recursion; literally, "a running back"; from Latin recurs-, the past participle stem of recurrere, "to run back, to run again".
2. A decrease or a reduction in the severity of something: The afternoon sun beat down with remission when the rain clouds came.
3. A release from a debt, a penalty, or an obligation: The bank officials notified the farmer of the remission that was granted by the financial institution that had his mortgage so now he knows that he has full ownership of the property.
4. A pardon or forgiveness: The governor of the state granted a remission to the person who had been incarcerated for 20 years and who had developed a marvelous research project involving small animals while he was serving his time in the prison.
The mayor was asked if he was aware of the repercussions which could take place if his proposal that taxes should be increased actually becomes law.2. The rebounding of a force after an impact: The repercussion of the blast could be heard for miles.
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2. A condition in which political, social, or cultural freedom is restricted or controlled by force: The human rights activists were intent on bringing public attention to the repressions of the children in the tightly governed country.
2. An act of pushing someone or something away: When Jane's dog got all muddy and tried to jump up so she could pet it, her reaction was one of repulsion in order to avoid getting all dirty, too.
2. Etymology: from Latin resciss- from rescindere, "to cancel, to repeal"; from re-, "back" + scindere, "to cut, to split."
2. A move back or away from a limit, a point, or a mark: The community was hoping that there would be a retrocede of the floodwaters that have caused so much damage.
3. Etymology: from Latin retrocedere, "to go back" from retro-, "back" + cedere, "to go".
2. A medical condition that reveals the signs of an illness, previously noted on the outside of a patient, that begin to appear internally: The large cancerous sore on Monica's forearm seemed to be getting smaller; however, the oncologist informed her that there appeared to be evidence that a retrocession of the disease was developing on some of her other body parts.
2. A return to a former and to a less complex level of development or organization: The marine biologists were astonished to note the retrogression in many of the smaller life forms in their study of tidal pool organisms over a period of many years.
3. Etymology: from Latin retrogressus, past participle of retrogradi, "to move backward"; from retro-, "backward" + gradi, "to go, to step".