DEREISM

Mental activity not in accord with reality or logic. Also called dereistic thinking.

DESCENDING TRACT

The bundle of nerve fibres from the brain to the spinal cord.

DESIGN TRADE-OFF

A situation where one attribute of a system or product is made less suitable by giving priority to another feature.

DETACHED CHARACTER

A personality featuring extreme self sufficiency and a lack of feeling towards others. Compare aggressive caharacter- compliant character.

DETERRENCE

The idea that punishment will stop a person or deter them from engaging in the same behaviour.

DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT

The evaluation of physical, emotional, cognitive and social development of a child.

DEVELOPMENTAL SYSTEMS APPROACH

A view saying that development results from bi-directional interaction between biological and experiential variables.

DEXTRO- (DEXTR-)

The combining form of toward or on the right.

DIAGNOSIS-RELATED GROUPS (DRGS)

Classification used in hospitals as a financing tool.

DIALECTOLOGY

Linguistics concerned with dialects.

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