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conservative • insensitive • power
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  1. His boss was completely when his grandmother died and wanted him to come to work anyway.
  2. Many were injured when the bomb exploded.
  3. Fidel Castro was in in Cuba for around 50 years.
  4. He has become much more in his thinking as he's gotten older.
  5. He hates it when his parents with his social life.
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577 The U.S. President

Nitiya asks about the U.S. President.

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He, in my opinion, is too conservative.

A 'conservative' person is motivated to protect and conserve tradition and doesn't like change.  Notice the following:

  1. Her conservative way of dressing makes her look ten years older than she is.
  2. They are very conservative in their ideas about marriage and relationships.


I consider it a very, very insensitive action of Bush.

An 'insensitive' action is one that doesn't consider the effect of the action on other people.  If you are insensitive, you don't care about others or their problems.  Notice the following:

  1. It was very insensitive of him not to call me.
  2. He is insensitive, but he doesn't try to hurt other people.

in power

I wasn't for having Saddam Hussein remain in power.

The person who has a position of a political power or governmental power is considered 'in power.' Notice the following:

  1. The king was in power for fifty years.
  2. If I were in power, I would give everyone a new car.


Why is Bush interfering in that?

To 'interfere' with something is to involve yourself with it, usually with the intention of causing problems or making it more difficult.  Notice the following:

  1. She was angry at her parents for interfering in her life.  She just wanted to have fun.
  2. This is not your problem; please don't interfere.


We are seeing it with our civilian eyes, but the truth, none of us know.

A 'civilian' is a person who is not a member of the armed forces or a militant group.  Notice the following:

  1. Thousands of civilians were killed in the attack.
  2. He isn't a soldier; he's a civilian


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