[Word-ology] Precedent=Pre+Ced+Ent

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Before today’s learning, let’s check the answers to the last episode.

1. egocentric=ego-[I, myself]+centr-[center]+ic-[characterized by, like]

Definition: Someone who is egocentric thinks only of themselves and their own wants, and does not consider other people

2. eccentric=ec-[out of, off]+centr-[center]+ic-[characterized by, like]

Definition: considered by other people to be strange or unusual


Today, we are going to learn a new etymon ced‘ with the word precedent. The etymonced means go”Β and it is an important component in many words!

0903 Wordology

The word consists of three meaningful etyma. The first “pre” means “before“, and the second “ced” means ”go”. As for “ent“, it represents that this word is a noun or an adjective. By combining them together, we can easily deduce that the meaning of the word “precedent” is “(sth.) have gone before”.

And in Oxford Advanced Learning Dictionary, “precedent” means “a similar action or event that happened earlier , which is highly similar to what we’ve deduced.

Here’s an example to use “precedent“:

here is no precedent for a disaster of this scale.


Now it’s your time to figure out the meanings of the following words!

secede=se-[apart]+ced-[go]+e-[v.]

accede=ac-[ad-,to]+ced-[go]+-e[v.]


That’s all for [Word-ology] today!

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