Monday, August 13, 2012

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Conditioning (noun) 
to make familiar through constant practice or use 
Researchers have continued to use the techniques of classical conditioning for both
learning and unlearning certain behaviors or fears.

Condolence (noun) 
sympathy with another in sorrow;  an expression of sympathy
We would like to express to her majesty and the people of the United Kingdom our sincere
condolences for the loss of the British soldiers.

Conducive (adjective) 
tending to promote or assist  
Our intense winter storms, high rainfall amounts, and steep terrain area all conductive
to land sliding.  

Confluence (noun)  
the act or fact of coming together
A confluence of researchers brought about the invention of the atomic bomb.

Conformity (noun) 
an act of willingly carrying out the wishes of others
The control theory’s explanation of criminal behavior focuses on the control mechanisms,
techniques, and strategies for regulating human behavior, leading to conformity or
obedience to society's rules.

Confound (verb) 
to throw a person into confusion or perplexity
Earlier this week, Fed policy setters elected to trim the fed funds rate to 1.00 percent from
1.25 percent, confounding some market expectations for a reduction of half a
percentage point. 

Conical (adjective) 
resembling a cone in shape
The conical shaped space rocket was launched into space.

Conjure up (verb) 
imagine or contrive
A family is the basic unit in society having as its nucleus two or more adults living
together and cooperating in the care and rearing of their own or adopted children.
Despite this all-inclusive definition, a lesbian or gay couple with or without children are
not the image conjured up when most people create a picture of a family. 

Con-man (noun)  
one who tells falsehoods in order to get financial gain
"Dante's View" and the "Devil's Corn Field" are names coined by the hustlers and con-
men who sought to attract visitors and investors to this burgeoning mining area. 

Consciousness (noun) 
the condition of being aware
The Sun Dance was a type of self torture which included a loss of consciousness. 

Consecutive (adjective) 
following one after another in an orderly pattern
An anorexic girl weighs at least 15 percent less than her ideal weight, has an extreme fear
of gaining weight, and has missed at least three consecutive menstrual periods. 

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