Modern Definition: (Of an action) convenient and practical. Fit or proper under the circumstances. Convenient, advantageous, useful, beneficial.
Meaning Up From the Roots: quality of that which (gets the) foot out of (way).
Root 1: ex
Meaning: out of
Root 2: ped
Root 3: ient
Meaning: quality of, that which
Related Words: millipede, pedal, impede, expedition, pedigree
Etymological Story: From Latin, expedire "free the feet from fetters."
Modern Definition: Developed more than is natural or usual at a given age. Ripe or mature before the proper or natural time.
Meaning Up From the Roots: Pertaining to cooked, ripened before (others)
Root 1: pre
Root 2: coc, coct, cuis, cuit, culin, kiln, kitch
Meaning: cook, ripen; room for cooking, cooking stove
Root 3: ious
Meaning: pertaining to
Related Words: concoction, culinary, kiln, biscuit, kitchenette, haute cuisine
Etymological Story: From Latin praecox "maturing early"
Modern Definition: 1.) Apparently right; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable; having an appearance of truth or reason. 2.) Well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust.
Meaning Up From the Roots: Deserving of applause
Root 1: plaus
Meaning: applaud, clap, strike
Root 2: ible
Meaning: deserving of
Related Words: plaudit, implode, applaud, explosion
Modern Definition: 1) Having habits fixed by long continuance; confirmed; habitual. 2) Firmly established by long continuance; obstinate; deep-rooted; of long standing.
Meaning Up From the Roots: (Having the) quality of being old, long-standing upon (it).
Root 1: in
Root 2: veter
Meaning: old, long-standing
Root 3: ate
Meaning: quality of
Related Words: veteran, veterinarian, vet, inveteracy
Modern Definition: Shortness of time or duration; shortness or conciseness of expression.
Meaning Up From the Roots: quality of short
Root 1: brev
Root 2: ity
Meaning: quality of
Related Words: abbreviate, abbreviation, abridge, brief
Modern Definition: pertaining to, serving as or consisting of an object or a representation that functions as a symbol, representation or allegorical picture; symbolic
Meaning Up From the Roots: characterized by throwing (something) on
Root 1: em
Root 2: ball, ble, blem, bol, bol(e)
Meaning: throw, cast; dance, throw oneself around
Root 3: atic
Meaning: characterized by
Related Words: hyperbole, parable, diabolically, ballerina
Etymological Story: from Greek, emblematikos "pertaining to embossed ornament"
Modern Definition: 1) A mark or visible sign left by something which is lost, or has perished, or is no longer present. 2) A surviving evidence or remainder of some condition, practice, etc. 3) A slight trace of something. 4) A small, degenerate, or imperfectly developed part which was more fully developed and performed a useful function in some earlier developmental stage.
Meaning Up From the Roots: footprint
Root 1: vestig(e)
Related Words: investigate, investigation, vestigial
Modern Definition: 1) Persistent; obstinate; stubborn. 2) Holding fast, or characterized by keeping a firm hold; inclined to retain what is in possession; highly retentive. 3) Holding together; cohesive; tough.
Meaning Up From the Roots: tendency to hold, grasp, persist
Root 1: ten
Meaning: hold, reach, occupy, persist, remain, grasp
Root 2: acious
Meaning: tending to
Etymological Story: from Latin tenax "holing fast"
Related Words: untenable, countenance, tenacity, tenement, sustenance, lieutenant, retention, tenet, tenant, contented
Modern Definition: To make young again; to restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.; to give or get new life or energy. To restore to a former state; to make fresh or new again.
Meaning Up From the Roots: to make young again.
Root 1: re
Root 2: juven
Root 3: ate
Meaning: to make
Etymological Story: From Latin juvenis "young"
Related Words: juvenile, junior, June, Juno