The Hindu Editorial (Right prescription) Vocab – 18 Dec, 2018

In a crucial development that exposes the flaws in health policy-making in the country, the Delhi High Court quashed a government ban on the retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin.

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Today’s Vocabulary for The Hindu Editorial (Right prescription: the ban on retail sale and private manufacture of oxytocin) – Dec 18, 2018


  • Oxytocin (noun)
    Meaning – a harmone produced by the pituitary gland that is used to help mothers produce contractions in labour and control bleeding.
    Sentence – There, hormones called prolactin and oxytocin are released into the bloodstream.
  • Flaw (noun) – दोष
    Meaning – A mark, fault, or other imperfection that mars a substance or object.
    Synonyms – defect, fault/imperfection, limitation.
    Sentence – Her tanned skin was angelic, he couldn’t find a single flaw or blemish.
  • Quash (verb) – मिटा देना, समाप्त करना
    Meaning – Reject or void, especially by legal procedure.
    Synonyms – cancel, reverse, repeal.
    Sentence – The jury convicted and the Court of Appeal refused to quash the conviction.’
  • Absurdity (noun) – मूर्खता, अर्थहीनता
    Meaning – The quality or state of being ridiculous or wildly unreasonable.
    Synonyms – pointlessness, irrationality/illogicality, absurdness.
    Sentence – They have made us think about ourselves by making us laugh at our own absurdity.
  • Stem (verb) – उत्पन्न होना, रोकना
    Meaning – stem from (no object) Originate in or be caused by.
    Synonyms – stop, check, restrain/restrict.
    Sentence –  
  • Post-partum (adjective) – प्रसवोत्तर
    Meaning – following childbirth.
    Sentence – the custom of post-partum abstinence.
  • Haemorrhaging (noun)
    Meaning –A damaging loss of valuable people or resources.
    Synonyms – bleeding.
    Sentence – Focal hemorrhage and loss of architectural integrity were apparent.
  • Mortality (noun) – मृत्यु-दर
    Meaning – (in a particular time/for a cause) the rate of death.
    Sentence – The causes of mortality among infants and young children.
  • Epidemic (noun) – महामारी
    Meaning – A widespread occurrence of an infectious disease in a community at a particular time.
    Synonyms – spate, widespread occurrence, flare-up (of disagreeable event).
    Sentence – Is the government capable of preventing a bird flu epidemic?
  • Setback (noun) – नाकामयाबी
    Meaning – A reversal or check in progress.
    Synonyms – problem, difficulty, issue.
    Sentence – A serious setback for the peace process.


  • Strike down (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning – abolish, annul, nullify  (a law or regulation).
  • Arbitrary (adjective) – मनमाना
    Meaning – Based on random choice or personal whim, rather than any reason or system.
    Synonyms – capricious, personal (whim/choice), erratic/irregular.
    Sentence – The question seemed rather arbitrary with no rhyme or reason whatsoever.
  • Veterinary (adjective) – पशुचिकित्सा
    Meaning – relating to the medical care and treatment of animals.
    Sentence – It’s the veterinary costs that most people worry about though.
  • Purported (adjective) – कथित
    Meaning – Appearing or stated to be true, though not necessarily so
    Synonyms – alleged, claimed, professed.
    Sentence – The purported marriage was void.
  • Seizure (noun) – जब्ती, कब्जा, अभिग्रहण
    Meaning – The action of confiscating or impounding property by warrant of legal right.
    Synonyms – takeover, confiscation, appropriation/expropriation.
    Sentence – It increases powers of investigation, powers of search, and powers of seizure.
  • Mystify (verb) – रहस्यमय करना
    Meaning – Make obscure or mysterious.
    Synonyms – perplex, confuse, bewilder.
    Sentence – I know that they want to mystify the legal process by using complex terms.
  • Clamp down (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning –  suppress, prevent, stop.
  • Rope in (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning – enlist, engage, persuade.
  • Damning (adjective) घातक, हत्यारा
    Meaning – Extremely critical.
    Synonyms – reproachful, critical/condemnatory, fault-finding.
    Sentence – A damning indictment of the government’s record.
  • Well-being (noun) – हाल चाल
    Meaning – The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
    Synonyms – welfare, good health, comfort/happiness. 
    Sentence – An improvement in the patient’s well-being.
  • Statutory (adjective) – वैधानिक, क़ानूनी
    Meaning – Required, permitted, or enacted by statute.
    Synonyms – legitimate, permissible, admissible.
    Sentence – Statutory controls over prices.
  • Reflect on (phrasal verb) 
    Meaning –  think about, contemplate, consider/mull over.
  • Overrule (verb) – रद्द 
    Meaning – Reject or disallow by exercising one’s superior authority.
    Synonyms – reject, cancel, reverse/overturn.
    Sentence – Chief Judge Moran overruled the government’s objections.
  • Sporadic (adjective) – छिटपुट, विकीर्ण
    Meaning – Occurring at irregular intervals or only in a few places; scattered or isolated.
    Synonyms – occasional, infrequent, irregular, periodical, periodic, scattered, patchy, isolated
    Sentence – It all adds up to a very uneven, sporadic film experience.
  • Clinch (verb) कड़ी, जकड
    Meaning – Confirm or settle (a contract or bargain)
    Synonyms – settle, decide, determine.
    Sentence – She clinched the agreement after writing a hit Star Wars novel last year.


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