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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 17th December 2017
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homologous (adjective) hom-OL-uh-gus

Of the same or similar essential nature.

The changes [...] were accordingly reenacted in homologous provisos and sections of the act of 1864.

US Supreme Court judgement: Wisconsin Central R. Co. v. United States, 164 U.S. 190 (1896), decided 16 November 1896. US Supreme Court

The move from a structuralist account in which capital is understood to structure social relations in relatively homologous ways to a view of hegemony in which power relations are subject to repetition, convergence, and rearticulation brought the question of temporality into the thinking of structure, and marked a shift from a form of Althusserian theory that takes structural totalities as theoretical objects to one in which the insights into the contingent possibility of structure inaugurate a renewed conception of hegemony as bound up with the contingent sites and strategies of the rearticulation of power.

Judith Butler, Diacritics, quoted by Demis Dutton, The Wall Street Journal, 5 February 1999. Article reprint

Laboratory tests by Afssa, France's national agency for nutritional safety, showed that the virus found at the turkey farm was 99 percent homologous with that found in one of the ducks, the Agriculture Ministry said in a statement.

Unattributed, The New York Times, 25 February 2006. New York Times

There is no perfectly homologous group of single-purposed individuals that sits down before a polished table in a soundproof room and plots new holocausts in Europe.

Marc Charney, The New York Times, 23 July 1995. New York Times

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