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Read or download the sublists 1 & 2 from the Academic Word List. If you are unsure of the meaning of any of the words, look them up in a dictionary and find examples of how they can be used in academic writing.

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Most common form

Other words in the family

analysis

analyse, analysed, analyser, analysers, analyses, analysing, analyst, analysts, analytic, analytical, analytically

approach

approachable, approached, approaches, approaching, unapproachable

area

areas

assessment

assess, assessable, assessed, assesses, assessing, assessments, reassess, reassessed, reassessing, reassessment, unassessed

assume

assumed, assumes, assuming, assumption, assumptions

authority

authoritative, authorities

available

availability, unavailable

benefit

beneficial, beneficiary, beneficiaries, benefited, benefiting, benefits

concept

conception, concepts, conceptual, conceptualisation, conceptualise, conceptualised, conceptualises, conceptualising, conceptually

consistent

consist, consisted, consistency, consistently, consisting, consists, inconsistencies, inconsistency, inconsistent

constitutional

constituencies, constituency, constituent, constituents, constitute, constituted, constitutes, constituting, constitution, constitutions, constitutionally, constitutive,

unconstitutional

context

contexts, contextual, contextualise, contextualised, contextualising decontextualised, uncontextualised

contract

contracted, contracting, contractor, contractors, contracts

create

created, creates, creating, creation, creations, creative, creatively, creativity, creator, creators, recreate, recreated, recreates, recreating

data

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definition

definable, define, defined, defines, defining, definitions, redefine, redefined, redefines, redefining, undefined

derived

derivation, derivations, derivative, derivatives, derive, derives, deriving

distribution

distribute, distributed, distributing, distributional, distributions, distributive, distributor, distributors, redistribute, redistributed, redistributes, redistributing, redistribution

economic

economical, economically, economics, economies, economist, economists, economy, uneconomical

environment

environmental, environmentalist, environmentalists, environmentally, environments

established

disestablish, disestablished, disestablishes, disestablishing, disestablishment, establish, establishes, establishing, establishment, establishments

estimate

estimated, estimates, estimating, estimation, estimations, over-estimate, overestimate, overestimated, overestimates, overestimating, underestimate, underestimated, underestimates, underestimating

evidence

evidenced, evident, evidential, evidently

export

exported, exporter, exporters, exporting, exports

factors

factor, factored, factoring

financial

finance, financed, finances, financially, financier, financiers, financing

formula

formulae, formulas, formulate, formulated, formulating, formulation, formulations, reformulate, reformulated, reformulating, reformulation, reformulations

function

functional, functionally, functioned, functioning, functions

identified

identifiable, identification, identifies, identify, identifying, identities, identity, unidentifiable

Most common form

Other words in the family

income

incomes

indicate

indicated, indicates, indicating, indication, indications, indicative, indicator, indicators

individual

individualised, individuality, individualism, individualist, individualists, individualistic, individually, individuals

interpretation

interpret, interpretations, interpretative, interpreted, interpreting, interpretive, interprets misinterpret, misinterpretation, misinterpretations, misinterpreted, misinterpreting, misinterprets,

reinterpret, reinterpreted, reinterprets, reinterpreting, reinterpretation, reinterpretations

involved

involve, involvement, involves, involving, uninvolved

issues

issue, issued, issuing

labour

laboured, labouring, labours

legal

illegal, illegality, illegally, legality, legally

legislation

legislate, legislated, legislates, legislating, legislative, legislator, legislators, legislature

major

majorities, majority

method

methodical, methodological, methodologies, methodology, methods

occur

occurred, occurrence, occurrences, occurring, occurs reoccur, reoccurred, reoccurring, reoccurs

percent

per cent, percentage, percentages

period

periodic, periodical, periodically, periodicals, periods

policy

policies

principle

principled, principles, unprincipled

procedure

procedural, procedures, proceed, proceeded, proceeding, proceedings, proceeds

process

processed, processes, processing

required

require, requirement, requirements, requires, requiring

research

researched, researcher, researchers, researches, researching

response

respond, responded, respondent, respondents, responding, responds, responses, responsive, responsiveness, unresponsive

role

roles

section

sectioned, sectioning, sections

sector

sectors

significant

insignificant, insignificantly, significance, significantly, signified, signifies, signify, signifying

similar

dissimilar, similarities, similarity, similarly

source

sourced, sources, sourcing

specific

specifically, specification, specifications, specificity, specifics

structure

restructure, restructured, restructures, restructuring, structural, structurally, structured, structures, structuring, unstructured

theory

theoretical, theoretically, theories, theorist, theorists

variables

invariable, invariably, variability, variable, variably, variance, variant, variants, variation, variations, varied, varies, vary, varying

Most common form

Other words in the family

achieve

achievable, achieved, achievement, achievements, achieves, achieving

acquisition

acquire, acquired, acquires, acquiring, acquisitions

administration

administrate, administratesadministrations, administrative, administratively, administrator, administrators

affect

affected, affecting, affective, affectively, affects, unaffected

appropriate

appropriacy, appropriately, appropriateness, inappropriacy, inappropriate, inappropriately

aspects

aspect

assistance

assistassistant, assistants, assisted, assisting, assists, unassisted

categories

category, categorisation, categorise, categorised, categorises, categorising, categorizing

chapter

chapters

commission

commissioned, commissioner, commissioners, commissioning, commissions

community

communities

complex

complexities, complexity

computer

compute, computation, computational, computations, computable, computed, computerised, computers, computing

conclusion

conclude, concluded, concludes, concluding, conclusions, conclusive, conclusively inconclusive, inconclusively

conduct

conducted, conducting, conducts

consequences

consequent, consequence, consequently

construction

construct, constructed, constructing, constructions, constructive, constructs reconstruct, reconstructed, reconstructing, reconstruction, reconstructs

consumer

consume, consumedconsumers, consumes, consuming, consumption

credit

credited, crediting, creditor, creditors, credits

cultural

cultureculturally, cultured, cultures, uncultured

design

designed, designer, designers, designing, designs

distinction

distinct, distinctions, distinctive, distinctively, distinctly, indistinct, indistinctly

elements

element

equation

equate, equated, equates, equating, equations

evaluation

evaluate, evaluated, evaluates, evaluating, evaluations, evaluative, re-evaluate, re-evaluated, re-evaluates, re-evaluating, re-evaluation

features

feature, featuredfeaturing

final

finalise, finalised, finalises, finalising, finality, finally, finals

focus

focused, focuses, focusing, refocus, refocused, refocuses, refocusing

impact

impacted, impacting, impacts

injury

injure, injured, injures, injuries, injuring, uninjured

institute

instituted, institutes, instituting, institution, institutional, institutionalise, institutionalised, institutionalises, institutionalising, institutionally, institutions

investment

invest, invested, investing, investments, investor, investors, invests reinvest, reinvested, reinvesting, reinvestment, reinvests

items

item, itemisation, itemise, itemised, itemises, itemising

journal

journals

maintenance

maintain, maintained, maintaining, maintains,

normal

normalisation, normalise, normalised, normalises, normalising, normality, normally abnormal, abnormally,

obtained

obtain, obtainable, obtaining, obtains, unobtainable

participation

participate, participant, participants, participated, participates, participating, participatory

perceived

perceive, perceives, perceiving, perception, perceptions

positive

positively

potential

potentially

previous

previously

primary

primarily

purchase

purchased, purchaser, purchasers, purchases, purchasing

range

ranged, ranges, ranging

region

regional, regionally, regions

regulations

regulate, , regulated, regulates, regulating, regulation, regulator, regulators, regulatory, deregulated, deregulates, deregulating, deregulation, unregulated

relevant

irrelevance, irrelevant, relevance

resident

reside, resided, residence, residential, residents, resides, residing

resources

resource, resourced, resourceful, resourcing unresourceful, under-resourced

restricted

restrict, restricting, restriction, restrictions, restrictive, restrictively, restricts, unrestricted, unrestrictive

security

secure, insecure, insecurities, insecurity, secured, securely, secures, securing, securities

sought

seek, seeking, seeks

select

selected, selecting, selection, selections, selective, selectively, selector, selectors, selects

site

sites

strategies

strategy, strategic, strategically, strategist, strategists

survey

surveyed, surveying, surveys

text

texts, textual

traditional

tradition, non-traditional, traditionalist, traditionally, traditions

transfer

transferable, transference, transferred, transferring, transfers

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