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41. Deteriorate (versleg) :: In a seminal article Leopold defined senescence in plant cells along the lines previously proposed by Medawar as the deteriorative processes that are natural causes of death
42. Detrimental (nadelig) :: Reductions in bed numbers may mean that it is more likely that patients will be transferred outside of the area which may in turn cost more and may detrimentally affect their treatment
44. Dexterity (behendigheid) :: This is to a degree a matter of physical skill training and dexterity
45. Dexterous (behendig) :: Signing and talking use the same communication centre in the brain but while the vocal muscles dont really develop until 18 months a baby is dextrous enough to make readable signs from about eight months old
46. Diaphanous (doorzichtig) :: I attended his lectures on perception in the 1960s and am touched to discover that he too was taken in as a child by the illusion that cinema curtains are diaphanous
48. Dichotomy (digotomie) :: But such simple dichotomies incorrectly assume there are easy distinctions to be made between the virtual and the actual subject and object or human and machine
49. Didactic (didaktiese) :: In order not to sound too didactic or pedantic the lecturer added anecdotes and personal comments
50. Diffident (bedeesd) :: He looked rather sheepish and diffident hands in pockets and a nervous grin on his face
51. Digress (afdwaal) :: This sort of digressiveness the tendency to jump from one hobbyhorse to another is characteristic
52. Dike (dijk) :: The engineers called for pumping stations dikes and many more ditches
53. Dilatory (traagheid) :: Previously dilatory tactics were out of order only after cloture had been invoked
55. Dilettante (amateur) :: Media pundits can be opinionated dilettantes but they can also possess the kind of knowledge that provides real insights into the subject under discussion
57. Diligent (ywerig) :: My eldest daughter is extremely diligent and settles down to her homework the minute we get home but the little one is not so studious
59. Dirge (klaagzang) :: Mixing the let freedom ring chorus in with the funeral dirge that is still ringing in the hearts of the victims families is just shy of vile
60. Disabuse (ontnuchteren) :: Professor Hart disabused me of my addled adolescent liberalism and smugness over the four years I was his student as an undergraduate

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