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Grissom, Totenberg, Garringer, and Krikorian Vocabulary

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legislature
(n)- the government body that makes, changes, and repeals laws.
culpable
(adj) deserving blame
impulsive
(adj) rash; reckless
invalidate
(v) to prove that an idea or argument is wrong
parole
(n) early release from prison
homicide
(n) the killing of a person
juvenile
(n) a young person; (adj) relating to a young person
consensus
(n) agreement
impose
(v) to set as something to be obeyed or endured
mandatory
(adj) required
sway
(v) to change
defendant
(n) the person who has been accused of a crime in a trial
invoke
(v) to declare to be in effect (a law, rule, etc); to call on (a deity, etc)
leniency
(n) the quality of being tolerant, forgiving, or indulgent
indifference
(n) lack of interest or concern
accomplice
(n) a person who knowingly helps another in a crime or wrongdoing
felony
(n) a serious crime, usually punished with over a year of imprisonment, such as burglary or murder.
prosecute
(v) to begin legal action against a person accused of committing a crime.
(N) prosecutor: the lawyer or attorney attempting to prove that someone accused of a crime is in fact guilty
perceive
(v) to become aware or conscious of something; come to realize or understand
inadequacy
(n) insufficiency; lack of necessary quantity or number
rhetoric
(n) language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience
rationale
(n) the reasons or principals used to arrive at a decision
reliability
(n) the ability to depend on, as for accuracy, honesty, etc
vulnerable
(adj) exposed or susceptible to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally
defective
(adj) imperfect or faulty
malleable
(adj) easily influenced
rehabilitation
(n) the process of helping someone return to good health or have a useful life through therapy and education
repudiate
(v) to refuse to accept or be associated with; deny the truth or validity of something
competent
(adj) having the necessary ability, knowledge, or skill to do something successfully
impaired
(adj) damaged, weakened
inherent
(adj) a quality that sis inherent is something is a natural part of it and cannot be separated from it
manifest
(v) to appear or to become easy to see
credible
(adj) believable or trustworthy