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gold, medieval chemical philosophy that metals could be turned into alchemy
(law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question alibi
something located at a time when it could not have existed or occurred anachronism , misdating , mistiming
(Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another Babel , Tower of Babel
knight of the lowest order; could display only a pennon bachelor , bachelor-at-arms , knight bachelor
dinosaur that could grow to be as tall as a building five stories tall barosaur , barosaurus
stronghold into which people could go for shelter during a battle bastion , citadel
any bacterium or virus or toxin that could be used in biological warfare biohazard , biological agent
earliest form of bridge; the dealer could name the trump suit bridge whist
warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal cachet , lettre de cachet
opportunity cost of the funds employed as the result of an investment decision; the rate of return that a business could earn if it chose another investment with equivalent risk capital cost , cost of capital
entropy calculated from the probability that a state could be reached by chance alone conformational entropy
political candidate who is not well known but could win unexpectedly dark horse
personal matters that could be embarrassing if made public dirty laundry , dirty linen
schismatic Christian religion in northern Africa from the 4th to the 7th century; held that only those who led a blameless life belonged in the church or could administer the sacraments Donatism
actions to eliminate revealing telltale indicators that could be used by the enemy (or to convey misleading indicators) electronic manipulative deception , manipulative electronic deception
United States sexual physiologist whose hunch that progesterone could block ovulation led to the development of the oral contraceptive pill (1903-1967) Gregory Goodwin Pincus , Gregory Pincus , Pincus
Indian religious leader who founded Sikhism in dissent from the caste system of Hinduism; he taught that all men had a right to search for knowledge of God and that spiritual liberation could be attained by meditating on the name of God (1469-1538) Guru Nanak , Nanak
English materialist and political philosopher who advocated absolute sovereignty as the only kind of government that could resolve problems caused by the selfishness of human beings (1588-1679) Hobbes , Thomas Hobbes
egg-shaped character in a nursery rhyme who fell off a wall and could not be put back together again (late 17th century) Humpty Dumpty
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