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PLACEBO

harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill

The meaning of the word placebo is harmless substance prescribed as a dummy pill.

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dormerwindow projecting upright from roof; CF. sleeping room
inhibitrestrain; prohibit; retard or prevent; N. inhibition
reconnaissancesurvey of enemy by soldiers; reconnoitering; V. reconnoiter: make a preliminary inspection of (esp. to gather military information)
missiveletter; written statement; CF. sent
wrestobtain by pulling violently; pull away; take by violence; Ex. wrest victory from their grasp
transmutetransform; change; convert to something different
basecontemptible; morally bad; inferior in value or quality; Ex. base motives/conduct; Ex. base metal such as iron
tutelaryprotective; pertaining to a guardianship; Ex. tutelary deities
prowessextraordinary ability; military bravery; Ex. prowess in battle
substantiatesupport (a claim) with evidence; establish with evidence; verify