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Today’s article title is: In his bid to revive Indian economy, Modi takes a gamble on the farm

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DUBIOUS

Adjective

Pronunciation: doo-bee-uhs

Meaning: not likely to be true or to occur

Synonyms: doubtful, far-fetched, flimsy, improbable, questionable, unapt, unlikely

Antonyms: likely, probable

Usage: The authenticity of this letter seems dubious 


INCREMENTAL

Adjective

Pronunciation: in-kruh-men-tl

Meaning: produced by a series of additions of identical or similar things

Synonyms: accretive, accumulative, additive, conglomerative, cumulative

Antonyms: decremental, decrescent, degressive, regressive

Usage: Success is a matter of small incremental steps 

Forms: Increment (noun)


REPERCUSSION

Noun

Pronunciation: reh-per-kuhsh-uhn

Meaning: an action or effect given or exerted in return : a reciprocal action or effect

Synonyms: effect, impact, influence, mark, sway

Usage: War has dangerous repercussions


ATROPHY

Verb

Pronunciation: a-truh-fee

Meaning: a wasting away or progressive decline

Synonyms: crumble, decay, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, devolve, ebb, regress, retrograde, rot, sink, worsen

Antonyms: ameliorate, improve, meliorate

Usage: The town will atrophy away in the absence of development 


THRIVE

Verb

Pronunciation: thrahyv

Meaning: to grow vigorously

Synonyms: flourish, prosper

Antonyms: fail, struggle, flounder

Usage: The trees will thrive in this weather 
Forms: Thriving (adjective)