Professor Richards’ Words to Distinguish

In his syllabus for the Winter 2021 edition of the History and Philosophy of Science II (Late Renaissance through the Enlightenment), Professor Robert Richards made note of some commonly confused word pairs.

Refute vs Rebut

Comprise vs compose

The whole comprises the elements or parts, and the elements or parts compose the whole.

Reticent vs reluctant

Verbal vs oral

Compliment vs complement

Affect vs effect

Disinterested vs uninterested

Discreet vs discrete

Imply vs infer

Ambiguous vs ambivalent