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To put into action, practice, or force; to make use of something, such as a right or option.

To exercise dominion over land is to openly indicate absolute possession and control.

To exercise discretion is to choose between doing and not doing something, the decision being based on sound judgment.


(Discharge a function), verb act, administer, carry into execution, carry on, carry out, conduct, do duty, efficere, engage in, execute, exercere, facere, officiate, perform, practice, pursue, put in motion, put into action, put into effect, put into practice, serve as, translate into action, wage
Associated concepts: authority exercised under the United States Constitution, exercise an option, exercise jurisdiccion, exercise of judicial discretion
Foreign phrases: Cui jurisdictio data est, ea quoque connessa esse videntur, sine quibus jurisdictio explicari non potest.To whomsoever jurisdiction is given, those things also are supposed to be granted, without which the jurissiction cannot be exercised. Frustra est potentia quae nunquam venit in actum. A power is a vain one if it is never exercised.


(Use), verb apply, avail oneself of, bring into play, bring to bear, draw on, employ, make use of, operate, practice, put in action, put in practice, put to use, put to work, turn to account, utilize, wield
Associated concepts: exercise a right to vote, exercise an option, exercise discretion, exercise dominion, exercise due care, exercise of power
See also: act, apply, campaign, commission, discipline, effort, employ, endeavor, enterprise, exert, exploit, labor, officiate, operate, ply, practice, problem, resort, transaction, undertaking, wield, work
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Pooling the data from both groups, the average total number of UL reps across all four subcategories (active exercise, passive exercise, sensory, and functional activity) in those sessions that included UL rehabilitation (n = 55) was 50.
The studies reviewed herein indicate that passive exercise and sensory stimulation treatments were not effective, but active exercise treatments such as CPAP (strength building) and biofeedback (range of motion) were successful in some cases.
Also, the remedial exercises provided by the experienced chiropractors use a combination of active and passive exercise to restore and improve the client's musculoskeletal health.
This hemodynamic treatment works like passive exercise to increase blood flow to the heart and improve endothelial function throughout the cardiovascular system, and, most importantly, it has been proven to be clinically effective.
In this section, we review three such strategies for providing therapy to promote plasticity and recovery: (1) use of passive exercise, (2) use of active modes of exercise, and (3) use of neuroprostheses for electrical activation of motoneurons and sensory afferents.
And Yvonne is only partly joking when she says that if all else fails, they also stock Slendertone passive exercise machines for the truly committed couch potatoes.
I'll give an example, again involving employee benefit plans: Some treasurers supervise investment programs for their pension and savings plans as a passive exercise, receiving reports from money managers, trustees, and consultants.
With its passive exercise regimen lasting for a 20-minute session, CVAC offers all the benefits of high-altitude acclimatization without associated negative side effects.

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