The Top 60 Most Common Academic Words

according to Averil Coxhead's Academic Word List (2000)
definitions & notes only words
  1. analysis
    abstract separation of a whole into its constituent parts
  2. approach
    move towards
  3. area
    the extent of a 2-dimensional surface within a boundary
  4. assessment
    the act of judging a person or situation or event
  5. assume
    take to be the case or to be true
  6. authority
    the power or right to give orders or make decisions
  7. available
    obtainable or accessible and ready for use or service
  8. benefit
    something that aids or promotes well-being
  9. concept
    an abstract or general idea inferred from specific instances
  10. consistent
    the same throughout in structure or composition
  11. constitutional
    existing as an essential characteristic
  12. context
    the set of facts or circumstances that surround a situation
  13. contract
    a binding agreement that is enforceable by law
  14. create
    bring into existence
  15. data
    a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn
  16. definition
    a concise explanation of the meaning of a word or phrase
  17. derived
    formed or developed from something else; not original
  18. distribution
    the act of spreading or apportioning
  19. economic
    of or relating to production and management of wealth
  20. environment
    the totality of surrounding conditions
  21. established
    brought about or set up or accepted
  22. estimate
    judge tentatively
  23. evidence
    your basis for belief or disbelief
  24. export
    sell or transfer abroad
  25. factor
    anything that contributes causally to a result
  26. financial
    involving fiscal matters
  27. formula
    a group of symbols that make a mathematical statement
  28. function
    what something is used for
  29. identified
    having the identity known or established
  30. income
    the financial gain accruing over a given period of time
  31. indicate
    designate a place, direction, person, or thing
  32. individual
    being or characteristic of a single thing or person
  33. interpretation
    the act of expressing something in an artistic performance
  34. involved
    connected by participation or association or use
  35. issue
    some situation or event that is thought about
  36. labour
    productive work (especially physical work done for wages)
  37. legal
    established by or founded upon law or official rules
  38. legislation
    the act of making or enacting laws
  39. major
    greater in scope or effect
  40. method
    a way of doing something, especially a systematic way
  41. occur
    come to pass
  42. percent
    a proportion in relation to a whole
  43. period
    an amount of time
  44. policy
    a plan of action adopted by an individual or social group
  45. principle
    a basic generalization that is accepted as true
  46. procedure
    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  47. process
    a particular course of action intended to achieve a result
  48. required
    necessary by rule
  49. research
    a seeking for knowledge
  50. response
    the speech act of continuing a conversational exchange
  51. role
    the actions and activities assigned to a person or group
  52. section
    one of several parts or pieces that fit with others
  53. sector
    a particular aspect of life or activity
  54. significant
    rich in implication
  55. similar
    having the same or nearly the same characteristics
  56. source
    the place where something begins
  57. specific
    stated explicitly or in detail
  58. structure
    a complex entity made of many parts
  59. theory
    a belief that can guide behavior
  60. variable
    something that is likely to change