Terms and Definitions (English)

Sus.tain.a.bil.i.ty - 1. The ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.

2.Environmental Science. The quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

Mo.men.tum - Force or speed of movement; impetus, as of a physical object, or course of events: The car gained momentum going downhill. Her career lost momentum after two unsuccessful films.

Hab.it - 1. An acquired behavior pattern regularly followed until it has become almost involuntary: the habit of looking both ways before crossing the street.

2. Customary practice or use. Daily bathing is an American habit.

3. A particular practice, custom, or usage: the habit of shaking hands.

4. A dominant or regular disposition or tendency; prevailing character or quality: She has a habit of looking at the bright side of things.

Sen.si.bil.i.ty - 1. Capacity for sensation or feeling. Responsiveness or susceptibility to sensory stimuli.

2. Mental susceptibility or responsiveness; quickness and acuteness of apprehension or feeling.

3. Keen consciousness or appreciation.

Ap.pre.ci.a.tion - 1. Gratitude; thankful recognition.

2. The act of estimating the qualities of things and giving them their proper value.

3. Clear perception or recognition, especially of aesthetic quality: a course in art appreciation.

4. An increase in or rise in the value of property, good, etc.

5. Critical notice; evaluation; opinion; as of a situation, person, etc.

Critical thinking - Disciplined thinking that is clear, rational, openminded, and informed by evidence: The questions are intended to develop your critical thinking.

Locus of Control - A theoretical construct designed to assess a persons percieved control over his or her own behavior. The classification internal locus indicates that the person feels in control of events; external locus indicates that others are percieved to have that control.

Complex - Psychology. 1. A system of interrelated, emotion-charged ideas, feelings, memories and impulses that is usually repressed that gives rise to abnormal or pathological behavior.

2. A fixed idea; an obsessive notion.

Wholehearted -  Fully or completely sincere, enthusiastic, energetic, etc: A wholehearted attempt to comply.

Divert - 1. To turn aside from a path or course; deflect.

2. To draw of to a different course, purpose, etc.

3. To distract from seriousness occupation; entertain or amuse.

4. To turn aside; veer: It is sad to see so much talent divert to trivial occupations.

Pro.cras.ti.na.tion - The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off, or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: she was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment.

Denial - An unconscious mechanism characterized by refusal to acknowledged painful realities, thoughts, or feelings.


Tim.ing - The selecting of the best time for doing or saying something in order to achieve the desired effect.

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