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::: prognosis - forecasted course of a disease; prediction; CF. prognostic
::: dexterous - skillful; skill in using hands or mind; N. dexterity
::: hypothetical - based on assumptions or hypotheses; supposed; N. hypothesis
::: caste - one of the hereditary classes in Hindu society; social stratification; prestige
::: flinch - hesitate; shrink back (in fear of something unpleasant); Ex. She did not flinch in the face of danger.
::: assail - assault
::: rationalize - make rational; devise false reasons for (one's behavior); offer an excuse; give a plausible reason for an action in place of a true, less admirable ones; N. rationalization
::: menial - suitable for servants; lowly; mean; N: someone who does menial work (esp. servant in a house)
::: canter - slow gallop; V. CF. trot
::: deference - courteous regard for another's wish; courteous yielding to another's wish or opinion (showing respect); ADJ. deferential; OP. effrontery