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language

(noun) A symbolic means of communicating through gestures, sounds, or written words.

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larceny

(noun) The unlawful act of taking something from someone without consent; theft.

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latent function

(noun) Unanticipated and unintended consequences of an action or social structure; unknown or unacknowledged reasons something is done.

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law

(noun) A formal or informal rule or standard (mores) enacted by a political entity and enforced by agents with recognized authority such as the police and the courts.

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leader

1. (noun) An individual that guides or leads; 2. (noun) An individual in charge or in command of other people; 3. (noun) An individual with the power to influence others.

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leadership

1. (noun) The capacity or power to convince others to act; 2. (noun) The individual or group that is designated to lead; 3. (noun) The period of time an individual or group leads.

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leadership style

(noun) The style a leader uses to motivate members of a group to act and achieve goals.

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legal

(adjective) Of, concerned with, founded, or based upon law.

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legitimacy

1. (noun) Political support based on the authority and power of public officials, public policy, and the political structure; 2. (noun) The rightful exercise of authority, force, and power by an individual or group, particularly an institution that commands and demands obedience.

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legitimation

(noun) The act or process of providing legitimacy to something.

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levirate marriage

(noun) The custom of a wife marrying her husband’s brother if her husband dies.

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lexicography

(noun) The act, process, or profession of compiling, editing, or writing a dictionary.

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liberation theology

(noun) A religious movement that tries to combine Christian principles with political activism to enact social change.

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life course

(noun) The entirety of individual’s life from birth to death and the typical set of circumstances an individual experiences in a given society as they age.

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lifestyle

(noun) The distinctive pattern and manner of living that an individual or group uses to meet their biological, economic, emotional, and social needs that typically reflects their attitudes, beliefs, and values; a way of life.

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lineage

(noun) A group of people who share a common descent.