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Old 10-23-2009, 07:18 AM   #67
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Originally Posted by Bilbo1967 View Post
For example, I came across the word 'irrefragable' in a Richard Dawkins book last week. Although I had never seen it before, it was pretty obvious from context that it must mean something like 'impossible to argue with' (and no, I still haven't looked it up).
I like my MacBook Pro. Right-click on the word, look up in dictionary:
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irrefragable |iˈrefrəgəbəl|
adjective
not able to be refuted or disproved; indisputable.
DERIVATIVES
irrefragably |-blē| |ɪ(r)ˈrɛfrəgəbli| |əˈrɛfrəgəbli| adverb
ORIGIN mid 16th cent.: from late Latin irrefragabilis, from in- ‘not’ + refragari ‘oppose.’
I'm so used to tapping words I like to look up that I have actually "clicked" words in a magazine or newspaper, with my finger

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