Here Are The Definitions

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
All definitions are from 1934 Webster’s New International Dictionary, Second Edition (©G.&C. Merriam Co.). DISCLAIMER: Any errors in transcription are unintentional. This is a website created by one individual and it has no affiliation with or endorsement from the publishers of Webster's Dictionary or any Twelve Step literature.


WORDS FOUND IN THE TWELVE STEPS
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Powerless
adj. Destitute of the ability (whether physical, mental, or moral) to act [parentheses are original]

Restore
v. To give back something which has been lost or taken

Decision
n. The act of terminating by giving judgment on

Inventory
n. An account, catalog, or schedule made by the executor of all the goods and chattels,
and sometimes the real estate, of a deceased person

Admit
v. To suffer to enter

Ready
adj. Prepared for what one is about to do or experience

Remove
v. To change or shift the location, position, station, or residence of

Harm
v. To hurt

Amends
n. Compensation for a loss or injury

Continue
v. To remain in a given place or condition

Conscious (1 of 2)
n. Sharing knowledge

Contact (2 of 2)
n. A union or junction of bodies

Spiritual
adj. Of, pertaining to, or consisting of the breath of life


FROM THE TWELVE TRADITIONS
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Welfare
n. State of faring, or doing, well (in such a manner as is desirable or pleasing) [parentheses are original]

Conscience
n. Sense of awareness, especially of something within oneself, of right or wrong

Membership
n. State or status of being one of the persons composing a society, community, or party

Affecting  
v.t. To lay hold of or attack (as a disease does) [parentheses are original]

Message
n. Any notice, word, or communication, written or oral, sent from one person to another

Endorse
v. To write on the back of (a check, bill, note, or other commercial document) [parentheses are original]

Self Supporting  
adj. Having a singularity in holding up or in position

Non-professional
adj. Not of or pertaining to a profession, esp. a learned or skilled profession

Responsible
adj. Liable [liable = "bound or obliged in law or equity"] to respond

Controversy  
n.  Acts of disputing or contending

Attraction  
n.  Act, process, or power of drawing to, or causing to tend to

Anonymity  
n.  Quality or state of bearing or giving no name



FROM SERENITY PRAYER
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God
n. A being of more than human attributes and powers

Grant
v. To agree or assent to

Serenity
n. The quality of being bright, clear, and calm

Accept  
v. To receive with an assenting mind

Thing
n. A matter of concern

Can
v. To know how to

Not
adv. Makes negative a word or group of words

Change
v. To alter by substituting something for

Courage
n. The heart as the seat of intelligence, or feeling

Wisdom
n. The quality of judging soundly concerning what is true or false

Difference
n. The quality of being partly or totally unlike in nature, form, or quality



FROM TWELVE PROMISES
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Freedom
n. Not being subject to an arbitrary external power

Past
n. A former time or state

Comprehend
v. To take into the mind.

Peace
n. A pact or agreement to end hostilities or to come together in amity

Scale
n. Anything graduated, especially when employed as a measure

Disappear
v. to cease to come or be in sight

Interest
n. A right, title, share, or participation in a thing

Self-seeking
v. To go in search of the entire person of an individual

Outlook
n. A careful looking or watching for any object or event

Fear
n. Painful emotion marked by alarm, extreme awe, or anticipation of danger

Baffle
v. To check or defeat by perplexing

Realize
v. To convert from the imaginary or fictitious into the actual



“INSANITY” - Words from page 37 of the Big Book
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Insanity
adj.  The state of being unsound [unsound = "flawed, defected, or decayed]

Proportion
n.  The relation of one portion to another, or to the whole, or of one thing to another, as respects magnitude, quantity, or degree

Straight
adj.  Having an invariable direction

Reflect
v.  To turn or direct

Consequence
n.  That which follows something on which it depends

Reasoning
n.  The drawing of inferences [inferences = "passing from one judgment to another, or from a belief or cognition to a judgment"]

Excuse
n.  The act of excusing [excusing = "excepting"], apologizing, exculpating, pardoning, releasing, and the like

Deliberately
adv.  Done or offered with deliberation [deliberation = "weighing and examining the reasons for an against a choice or measure"]

Justified  
adj.  To prove or show to be just [just = "confirming to the spiritual law"]

Casually
adv.  Without design [design = "accidentally, fortuitously, by chance, incidentally"]

Absurd
adj.  Contrary to reason or propriety [propriety = "quality or status of being proper or fitting"]

Incomprehensible
adj   Not capable of being taken into the mind

 

 

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I made the deliberate decision to illustrate only the first definition of each word (for more on that, please see the blog entry titled "Why I always illustrate the first definition for each word"). Even within that first definition, I noticed that there were often included multipe phrases, separated by semi-colons. Here is the first definition for the word "comprehend" including all of its semi-colons:

comprehend v. 1. To take into the mind; to grasp with the understanding; to apprehend the meaning of; to understand.

After some reflection, I decided to end each definition at the first semi-colon. Here is the result:

comprehend v. 1. To take into the mind

Why did I do that? Because that initial phrase seemed perfectly complete. The phrases which followed did reinforce or amplify that opening phrase, but they did not alter its basic meaning. I decided to "Keep It Simple". An expert in dictionaries may disagree with me and their reasons would probably be valid. This website is not reviewed by any experts, so please diregard anything that disagrees with what your literature or sponsor tells you.

I admit this is an amateur effort. I remind you that there is no one here except me, an old dictionary, and a drawing pad. I strive to capture the spirit of each definition rather than catalog its many facets. Sometimes God speaks through geniuses. I hope He also speaks through fools, when necessary.

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