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summation - act of finding the total; summing-up; summary (esp. one given by the judge at the end of a trial)
reactionary - strongly opposed to social or political change; opposing progress; politically ultraconservative; N. OP. radical
propinquity - nearness (in space or relationship); proximity; kinship
encroachment - gradual intrusion; Ex. I resent all these encroachments on my valuable time; V. encroach: take another's possessions or right gradually or stealthily; intrude; Ex. encroach on/upon
accrue - come to one as a gain; accumulate over time; come about by addition; Ex. benefits that accrue from scientific research; Ex. interest accruing in a bank account; N. accrual
retain - keep; maintain possession of; employ (esp. a lawyer or advisor); N. retainer: servant; fee paid to retain an advisor
gnarl - protruding knot on a tree; V.
annul - make void
fluke - unlikely occurrence; stroke of fortune; accidental stroke of good luck; ADJ. fluky
hysteria - excessive or uncontrollable excitement; N. hysteric: person suffering from hysteria; CF. hysterics: attack of hysteria