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(News), noun account, advice, bulletin, communication, dispatch, information, intelligence, mention, message, report, statement

word

(Promise), noun affirmation, agreement, averment, avouchment, avowal, declaration, pledge, profession, solemn declaration, statement, undertaking, vow, warrant

word

(Term), noun adage, antonym, argument, coined word, colloquy, command, contention, dialogue, discourse, expression, homonym, maxim, mot, motto, observation, palaver, parlay, part of speech, phrase, proverb, remark, saying, statement, utterance, verbalism
Associated concepts: actionable words, words of art, words of limitation
See also: canon, declaration, disclosure, expression, intelligence, news, phrase, pledge, profession, promise, remark, term, undertaking, vow

WORD, construction. One or more syllables which when united convey an idea a single part of speech.
     2. Words are to be understood in a proper or figurative sense, and they are used both ways in law. They are also used in a technical sense. It is a general rule that contracts and wills shall be construed as the parties understood them; every person, however, is presumed to understand the force of the words be uses, and therefore technical words must be taken according to their legal import, even in wills, unless the testator manifests a clear intention to the contrary. 1 Bro. C. C. 33; 3 Bro. C. C. 234; 5 Ves. 401 8 Ves. 306.
     3. Every one is required to use words in the sense they are generally understood, for, as speech has been given to man to be a sign of his thoughts, for the purpose of communicating them to others, he is bound in treating with them, to use such words or signs in the sense sanctioned by usage, that is, in the sense in which they themselves understand them, or else he deceives them. Heinnec. Praelect. in Puffendorff, lib. 1, cap. 17, Sec. 2 Heinnec. de Jure Nat. lib. 1, Sec. 197; Wolff, lust. Jur. Nat. Sec. 7981.
     4. Formerly, indeed, in cases of slander, the defamatory words received the mildest interpretation of which they were susceptible, and some ludicrous decisions were the consequence. It was gravely decided, that to say of a merchant, "he is a base broken rascal, has broken twice, and I will make him break a third time," that no action could be maintained, because it might be intended that he had a hernia: ne poet dar porter action, car poet estre intend de burstness de belly. Latch, 104. But now they are understood in their usual signification. Comb. 37; Ham. N. P. 282. Vide Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.; Construction; Interpretation.

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Internet, twitter and all associated popular forms of communication are the practical working modes of spreading the good word on spiritual life, social life, family life, political life, economic life or anything connected with a good human life which should necessarily include land, labour and lodging for everyone, according to Pope Francis.
So if Lance hasn't heard anyone say a good word about traffic humps, I suggest that either he isn't listening, or he is only talking to people like himself, or people who disagree with him keep quiet.
Beleaguered is a good word used to describe the natural rubber industry.
Neither has a good word to say about homosexual relations.
Most good word processors, especially the Windows-based products, have excellent text-search capabilities.
Inquiry, in this context, leads to that good word of the doctor: sensitivity.
I think bizarre is a good word to describe it," says geophysicist Paul Reasenberg, one of the many researchers at the US.
Perhaps, because its devotees have become more vociferous and have spread the good word.
2 (BNA): Laureates of the Best Voluntary Project in Bahrain have expressed their joy over winning the award, patronised by the Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) and the Good Word Society Honorary President, HH Shaikh Isa bin Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.
The seventh edition of the Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa Award for Voluntary Work, organised by the Good Word Society in co-operation with the Arab Federation for Voluntary Work, will be held between September 12 and 14.
I AM frequently accused of never having a good word to say about EastEnders so here goes.