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ABDUCTION

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noun. 1. mobility of a specific body part or limb apart from the bodily figure. 2. the action of carrying away or seizing someone with use of physical power. Additional forms- abduct, a verb sense of the word- abductive inference- also known as abductive reasoning, seeks to prove a reasonable hypothesis that is based on reliable data.

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ABDUCTOR

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noun. A muscle that acts to modify a body or bodily limb by making a part progress away from the core of the body.

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ABECEDARIAN PROJECT

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a 1970's project managed by the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill that monitored the social and academic processes of children from less than desirable rural communities when they entered full-time childcare establishments following their birth and remained in such a program until beginning 1st grade. It documented positive progress made by the children into adolescence in comparison to those who were not exposed to the childcare enrichment program.

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ABERRANT RESPONSE

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most notably identified for treatment purposes during psychotherapy and interventions- a behavior that is out of character

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ABERRATION

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noun. 1. a departure from one's average behavior. 2. in regard to eyesight, when beams of light do not correctly meet at the target area-the result of a lens malfunction or deformation.

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ABIENCE

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noun. A reaction to a catalyst that directs or prompts an object/being to distance itself/their self from the catalyst.

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ABILIFY N

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a pharmaceutical drug. Also known as aripriazole, aripriprex. A common treatment method for bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. A newer treatment approach for some autistic children in attempt to decrease aggression, irritability, and mood swings.

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ABILITY

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noun. Level of aptitude one is either born with or is trained to perform

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ABILITY GROUPING

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1. categorization within learning environments that divides individuals based on their individual aptitudes and groups them together with like persons.

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ABILITY LEVEL

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the recorded level of accomplishment an individual reaches

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