Subtechnical Terms Applicable to
All Scientific Fields
A

abolishment, abolition, to abolish 
absolute, absolutely 
abstract, abstraction 
acceleration, deacceleration, to accelerate, to
deaccelerate 
accurate, accuracy 
addition, additional, additionally, to add 
adjacent, adjacency 
administration, administrative, to administer 
advantage, advantageous, disadvantage,
disadvantageous 
affected, to affect 
aggregate, aggregation 
alignment, to align 
alternate, alternately, alternatively, to
alternate 
altitude 
ambiguity, ambiguous, unambiguous 
analogy, analogue 
analysis, analytic, analytical, analyst, to
analyze 
angle, angular 
answer, answerable, to answer 
apparatus 
application, applicant, applicable, to apply 
appropriate, appropriately, appropriateness 
approximate, approximately, to approximate 
arbitrary, arbitrarily 
area 
arithmetic, arithmetical, arithmetically 
ascent, descent, to ascend, to descend 
assertion, to assert 
assumption, to assume 
atmosphere, atmospheric 
attainment, attainability, to attain 
attributable, to attribute 
authenticity, authentic, authentically, to
authenticate 
author, authority, authoritative, to author 
auxiliary 
average, to average 
avoidable, unavoidable, to avoid 
awkwardness, awkward, awkwardly 
axis, axes, X axis, Y axis 
B

balance, imbalance, to balance 
band, to band 
base, basic, basically, basis 
behavior, to behave 
biology, biological 
boiling, to boil 
C

calculation, to calculate 
cancellation, to cancel 
capital, capitalist, capitalism, capitalization,
to capitalize 
category, to categorize 
causal, causality, to cause 
certain, certainty, uncertainty 
character, characteristic, to characterize 
chart, to chart 
circle, semicircle, circular, circulation, to
circle, to circulate 
circumference 
claim, to claim 
class, classical, classification, to classify 
cold, cool, to cool 
column, columnar 
communication, communicative, to communicate 
comparison, comparable, to compare 
compensation, compensatory, to compensate 
competition, to compete 
complication, to complicate 
composition, component, composite, to compose 
compression, compressibility, to compress 
computation, computational, to compute 
concave 
concentrate, concentration, to concentrate 
concept, to conceptualize 
concreteness, concrete, concretely 
condition, conditional, to condition 
conduction, conductivity, conductor, conductive,
to conduct 
cone, conical, conically, conicity, to be conical 
connection, to connect 
consecutive, consecutively 
consequent, consequently, consequence 
conservation, conservative, to conserve 
consideration, considerable, considerably, to
consider 
constant, constantly 
construct, construction, constructive, to
construct 
container, containment, containable, to contain 
context, contextual, to contextualize 
continuity, continuous, to continue 
contract, contraction, contractile,
contractibility, to contract 
contrast, contrastive, to contrast 
contribution, contributive, contributing, to
contribute 
convergence, convergent, to converge 
converse, conversion, to convert 
convex 
cooperation, cooperative, to cooperate 
coordinate, coordination, to coordinate 
core 
corollary 
correlate, correlation, correlative, to correlate 
correspond, corresponding, correspondence, to
correspond 
corroborate, corroborative, to corroborate 
criterion, criteria, 
critic, critical, to criticize, to critique 
cube, cubical, to cube 
cumbersome 
current, currently 
curve, curvature 
cycle, cyclic, cyclical 
cylinder, cylindrical 
D

damage, to damage 
data 
decrease, to decrease 
deductive, deductively, deduction, to deduce 
definition, definitive, definite, to define 
demonstration, demonstrator, demonstrative, to
demonstrate 
density, denseness, dense 
depth, deep, to deepen 
derivation, derivative, to derive 
design, to design 
detail, to detail 
determination, determinant, determinate,
indeterminate, to determine 
development, developmental, to develop 
diagonal, diagonally 
diameter, diametrical, diametrically 
difference, different, to differ 
dilution, to dilute 
dimension, dimensional 
direction, direct, indirect, directly,
indirectly, to direct 
distinguishable, distinguished, to distinguish 
distribution, distributable, distributive, to
distribute 
divergent, to diverge 
diversion, to divert 
divide, division, 
dynamics, dynamo, dynamic 
E

earth 
ecology, ecological, ecologically 
economy, economics, economist, economical, to
economize 
edge 
education, to educate 
effect 
electricity, electric, electrical,
electrification, to electrify 
element, elementary, elemental 
elevation, elevator, to elevate 
elimination, to eliminate 
ellipse, ellipsis, elliptical 
emphasis, emphatic, to emphasize 
empty, to empty 
energy, energetic, to energize 
entropy 
equal, equality, inequality, equation 
equilibrium, equilibration, to equilibrate 
equivalence, to equal, to be equal to 
estimate, estimation, to estimate 
even, evenness, to even out, to even up 
examination, examinable, to examine 
exception, exceptional, to except 
excess, excessive, to exceed 
exertion, exertive, to exert 
expansion, expansibility, expandable, expansible,
to expand 
experiment, experimentation, experimental, to
experiment 
explanation, explanatory, to explain 
exponent, exponential, exponentially 
expression, expressiveness, expressivity,
expressive, expressively, to express 
extensibility, extensive, extendable, to extend 
F

facility, to facilitate 
factor, factorial, to factor 
fall, falling, to fall 
figure, to figure out 
finite, infinite 
fluid, fluidity 
foot, feet 
form, formative, formation, to form 
formula, formulaic 
foundation, foundational, to found 
fraction, fractional 
frequency, frequently 
frozen, to freeze 
function, functional, to function 
fundamental, fundamentally 
G

generation, to generate 
geography, geographical 
geometry, geometrical 
globe, global 
government, governmental, to govern 
graph, graphic, to graph 
gravity, gravitation, gravitational, to gravitate 
H

hard, hardness, to harden 
heat, hot, to heat 
height, high 
horizontal, horizontally 
humidity, humid 
hyperbola, hyperbolic 
hypothesis, hypothetical, to hypothesize 
I

ideal, idealism, idea, to idealize 
identity, identification, identical, to identify 
illustration, illustrative, to illustrate 
imitation, imitative, to imitate 
immediacy, immediate, immediately 
implication, to imply 
importance, important 
incline, inclination, to incline 
inclusion, inclusive, to include 
increase, to increase 
individual, to individuate 
inductive, inductively, to induce 
industry, industrial, to industrialize 
inertia, inert 
influence, influential, to influence 
initial, initially, to initiate 
insert, insertion, to insert 
instrument, instrumental 
integer 
integral, integration, to integrate 
interpretation, to interpret 
intersect, intersection, to intersect 
interval 
introduction, to introduce 
intuition, intuitive, to intuit 
K

knowledge, to know 
L

laboratory, lab 
largeness, large, to enlarge 
lateral, equilateral, laterally 
less, to be less than 
life, alive, to live, to be alive 
limit, limiting, limitation, to limit 
line, linear, nonlinear 
load, loaded, to load 
locus, location, locatable, to locate 
logic, logical, logically 
long, length 
M

machine, machinery 
macro 
magnitude, magnitudinous 
maintenance, to maintain 
major, majority 
manipulation, manipulative, to manipulate 
mass 
material, materialistic, to materialize 
math, mathematics, mathematical, mathematician 
maximum, maximal, to maximize 
measure, measurement, to measure 
mechanics, mechanical, mechanistic, to mechanize 
mega 
meter, metric, metrical, metrically 
method, methodology, methodologist, methodical,
methodological 
micro 
minimum, minimal, to minimize 
minor, minority 
minus 
mixture, to mix 
mobile, mobility, to be mobile 
mode, modality, modular, to modulate 
model, to model 
molecule, molecular, molecularity 
momentum 
more, to be more than 
motion, motionless, to motion, to put in motion 
multiple, multiplicity, multiplication, to
multiply 
N

nature, natural 
negation, negative, to negate 
negligence, negligent, negligible, negligibly 
negotiation, negotiable, negotiability, to
negotiate 
norm, normal, normally, normative 
number, numerical, numerous, numerically, to
number, to enumerate 
O

object, to object, to objectify 
obvious, obviously, to obviate 
occasion, occasional, occasionally 
occurrence, to occur 
odd, oddness 
operation, operative, to operate 
opposite, opposition, to oppose 
orbit, orbital, to orbit 
order, ordinal, to order 
ordinary, extraordinary, ordinarily 
origin, original, originally, to originate 
P

parabola, parabolic, parabolical 
parallel, parallelogram, parallelism 
part, partial 
peculiar, peculiarity 
per capita 
per, percent, percentage 
permit, permission, permissible, to permit 
perpendicular 
pervasive, to pervade 
phase, to phase out, to phase in 
phenomenon, phenomena 
photograph, photography, photographer,
photographic, to photograph 
physics, physical 
plan, to plan 
point, to point 
policy, politics, politician, political 
poly 
positive, to posit 
potential, potentially 
pound, to pound 
power, horsepower, to power 
precision, preciseness, precise 
preliminary 
principal, principally 
principle 
problem, problematic 
procedure, process, to proceed 
product, production, to produce 
progress, progression, to progress 
project, projection, projectile, projective, to
project 
property 
proposal, proposition, to propose 
pull, to pull 
pursue, to pursue 
push, to push 
Q

quality, qualitative, qualifiable, qualifiably,
to qualify 
quantity, quantitative, quantifiable,
quantifiably, to quantify 
R

radius, radii 
random, randomly, to be random 
rate, ratable, to rate 
ratio, rational, irrational, rationale 
real, reality, unreal, to realize 
reason, reasonable, to reason 
reciprocal, reciprocally, to reciprocate 
recognize, recognizable 
recommendation, to recommend 
record, to record 
rectangle, rectangular 
reduction, to reduce 
reflection, to reflect 
regulation, regular, regulative, to regulate 
relationship, relative, to relate 
release, to release 
remainder, to remain 
repetition, repetitive, to repeat 
report, to report 
representation, representative, representable, to
represent 
resemblance, to resemble 
resistance, to resist 
resource, resourceful, resourceless 
respective, respectively, with respect to 
restriction, restrictive, to restrict 
result, resultant, to result 
resumption, resumptive, to resume 
reverse, reversal, to reverse 
revolution, to revolve, to revolt 
rotation, rotational, to rotate 
rough, roughness, to roughen 
row 
S

satisfaction, satisfactory, to satisfy 
saturation, to saturate 
scale, scalar 
scheme, schematic 
scope 
score, to score 
second, secondly, secondarily, to second 
separation, separate, separable, to separate 
sequence, sequential, to be in sequence 
set, setup, to set up 
significant, significantly, to signify 
similar, similarity 
simplification, simplicity, simple, to simplify 
simultaneous, simultaneity 
situation, situational, to situate 
slope, to slope 
smooth, smoothness, smoothly, to smooth 
soft, softness, to soften 
solution, solvable, unsolvable, to solve 
specificity, specific, to specify 
speed, to speed up 
sphere, spherical 
spiral, to spiral 
square, to square 
stability, instability, stable, unstable, to
stabilize 
standard, to standarize 
state, static, statics 
statistics, statistical, statistically 
step, to take a step 
straightness, straight, straightforward 
strength, strong, to strengthen 
string, to string 
structure, structural, to structure 
submission, submittal, submittable, to submit 
substitution, to substitute 
subtraction, to subtract 
summary, summation, to summarize 
supplement, supplementary, to supplement 
survey, to survey 
symbol, symbolic, to symbolize 
symmetry, symmetrical 
system, systematic, to systematize 
T

table, tabular, to tabulate 
technique, technology, technical 
temperature, temperate 
theory, theorem, theoretical, to theorize 
thermometer, thermal 
thickness, thick, to thicken 
thinness, thin, to thin out 
topography, topographic, topographical 
topology, topological, topological 
trace, to trace 
trait 
transfer, transferable, to transfer 
transition, transit, transitory 
transportation, transportable, to transport 
trapezoid, trapezoidal, 
treatise, treatable, to treat 
triangle, triangular, to triangulate 
type, typical, to type 
U

ultimate, ultimately 
unit, unity, to unite, to unify 
usually, unusually, usual, unusual 
V

value, valuable, to value 
variation, variant, variable, to vary 
velocity 
verification, verifiable, to verify 
vertical, vertically 
view, viewpoint, to view 
visual, visually, visualization, to visualize 
volume 
W

waste, wasted 
wave 
weakness, weak 
weight, to weigh 
wheel, to wheel 
work, worker, workable, to work 
Y

year, yearly 
Z

zero 
Terms from: Communicate Strategies for ITAs, by Jan Smith,
Colleen Meyers, and Amy Burkhalfer. Regents/Prentice Hall, 1992.
