Academic word list

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These are the most frequent, general academic words that all university students should know. This table contains the top 570 academic words in use across various fields. This is actually a list for word groups, not just the words themselves. For example, for abstract, one should know related words such as abstraction, abstractly; for access, one should know accessibility, accessible, accessing, inaccessible, etc. This list is from http://www.lextutor.ca (where other word list files are also available, including a list of the 3000 top academic words in the 570 word groups).


    • abandon
    • abstract
    • academy
    • access
    • adult
    • advocate
    • affect
    • aggregate
    • aid
    • alternative
    • amend
    • analogy
    • area
    • aspect
    • attitude
    • attribute
    • author
    • authority
    • benefit
    • bias
    • bond
    • brief
    • bulk
    • capacity
    • category
    • challenge
    • channel
    • chapter
    • chart
    • chemical
    • circumstance
    • classic
    • clause
    • code
    • collapse
    • colleague
    • comment
    • commission
    • commodity
    • community
    • complement
    • complex
    • component
    • compound
    • concept
    • conduct
    • conflict
    • consent
    • constant
    • constrain
    • construct
    • consult
    • contact
    • contemporary
    • context
    • contract
    • contrast
    • controversy
    • convert
    • coordinate
    • core
    • couple
    • credit
    • criteria
    • culture
    • currency
    • cycle
    • data
    • debate
    • decade
    • decline
    • design
    • device
    • dimension
    • display
    • document
    • domain
    • draft
    • drama
    • duration
    • dynamic
    • economy
    • edit
    • element
    • emphasis
    • encounter
    • energy
    • entity
    • environment
    • equivalent
    • error
    • estate
    • ethic
    • exhibit
    • expert
    • exploit
    • export
    • extract
    • factor
    • feature
    • fee
    • file
    • final
    • finance
    • focus
    • format
    • formula
    • foundation
    • framework
    • function
    • fund
    • fundamental
    • gender
    • generation
    • globe
    • goal
    • grade
    • grant
    • guarantee
    • guideline
    • hierarchy
    • highlight
    • hypothesis
    • ideology
    • image
    • impact
    • implement
    • incentive
    • incidence
    • incline
    • income
    • index
    • individual
    • infrastructure
    • initial
    • initiate
    • input
    • insert
    • insight
    • instance
    • institute
    • integral
    • integrity
    • intelligence
    • interval
    • isolate
    • issue
    • item
    • job
    • journal
    • label
    • labor
    • layer
    • lecture
    • legal
    • levy
    • liberal
    • license
    • link
    • logic
    • major
    • manual
    • margin
    • mature
    • mechanism
    • media
    • medium
    • method
    • military
    • minimal
    • minimum
    • ministry
    • minor
    • mode
    • monitor
    • motive
    • network
    • norm
    • notion
    • objective
    • odd
    • offset
    • option
    • outcome
    • output
    • overlap
    • panel
    • paradigm
    • paragraph
    • parallel
    • parameter
    • partner
    • passive
    • percent
    • period
    • perspective
    • phase
    • phenomenon
    • philosophy
    • physical
    • plus
    • policy
    • portion
    • pose
    • positive
    • potential
    • practitioner
    • primary
    • prime
    • principal
    • principle
    • prior
    • priority
    • proceed
    • process
    • professional
    • project
    • proportion
    • prospect
    • protocol
    • psychology
    • publication
    • publish
    • purchase
    • qualitative
    • quote
    • radical
    • range
    • ratio
    • regime
    • region
    • register
    • reject
    • release
    • reluctance
    • research
    • resolve
    • resource
    • reveal
    • revenue
    • reverse
    • revolution
    • role
    • route
    • scenario
    • schedule
    • scheme
    • scope
    • section
    • sector
    • secure
    • sequence
    • series
    • sex
    • shift
    • significant
    • site
    • sole
    • source
    • specific
    • sphere
    • stable
    • statistic
    • status
    • strategy
    • stress
    • structure
    • style
    • submit
    • subordinate
    • subsidy
    • substitute
    • successor
    • sufficient
    • sum
    • summary
    • supplement
    • survey
    • symbol
    • tape
    • target
    • task
    • team
    • technique
    • technology
    • temporary
    • tense
    • terminate
    • text
    • theme
    • theory
    • thereby
    • thesis
    • topic
    • trace
    • tradition
    • transfer
    • transform
    • transit
    • transport
    • trend
    • trigger
    • ultimate
    • uniform
    • vehicle
    • version
    • virtual
    • vision
    • visual
    • volume
    • welfare