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::: paleontology - study of prehistoric life or fossils; CF. paleo-: ancient or prehistoric; Ex. paleography: study of ancient written documents
::: extort - wring from; get money by threats, etc.; obtain by force or threats; CF. extortionate: exorbitant
::: plumber - one who installs and repairs pipes and plumbing(pipes)
::: actuarial - calculating; pertaining to insurance statistics
::: impenitent - not repentant
::: ingrate - ungrateful person (not expressing thanks)
::: sovereignty - complete independence and self-government (of a country); supremacy of authority; power to govern
::: affiliation - joining; associating with
::: vindicate - clear from blame; free from blame or accusation (with supporting proof); exonerate; substantiate; justify or support; avenge; Ex. vindicate one's client; Ex. vindicate one's claim; CF. vindicator
::: forfeit - something surrendered as punishment for a crime or breach of contract; V: lose as a forfeit; N. forfeiture