The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary – Set 95

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary Words with Meanings for various Exams: SBI PO/Clerk, IBPS PO/Clerk, RRB, RBI, LIC, NABARD, SEBI, SSC, UPSC, IPPB, etc.

We are providing vocabulary words from the Editorial articles in The Hindu newspaper which is important for all the upcoming competitive exams. Add some more words to your English vocabulary words list.


TOPIC – Building consent

The Indian Medical Association (IMA), the largest organization of doctors in India, has demanded that the National Medical Commission (NMC) withdraw the draft Postgraduate Medical Education Regulations 2021. In its current form, it notes that there shall be common counseling for admission in all medical educational institutions to all Postgraduate ‘Broad Specialty’ courses (Diploma/MD/MS) on the basis of the merit list of the National Exit Test. Currently; admissions to such programmes are based on the postgraduate NEET. Half the seats to the various courses are based on the all India quota and the rest are admitted by the State governments, which comply with reservation norms. The IMA contends that the draft regulations leave States with no power or discretion to manage admissions to State medical colleges, which rely on State funds. If States did not have the freedom to decide on student intake, they would find it hard to provide quality medical services to the local population. The proposed regulations follow from the provisions of the National Medical Commission Act, 2019, that itself replaced the Medical Council Act of India and was a subject of extreme friction between medical professionals and the Centre. In both instances, the heart of the objection is States’ discomfort with ceding powers to the Centre. The familiar argument of the States is that health care is a State subject. Through the decades, while the Centre plays the critical role of funding and conceiving targeted programmes to ameliorate disease and improve overall healthcare standards, the matter of implementation has always been left to the States. The Centre has an important role in setting standards and amplifying best practices so that minimum — but ever improving — standards of health care are delivered across all States. Much like cadres of the IAS are deputed to States based on centralized examinations, there is, in principle, no reason for such a system not to be effective, but the Centre needs to be extremely responsive to States’ views on the same. The very real problem, laid bare during the pandemic, is the shortage and extremely uneven availability of quality health care. Through the years, attempts are being made to improve this by trying to bridge alternative systems of medicines with modern medicine, but these have always been marred by political and religious overtones, and a convergence seems unlikely in the near future. The import of the proposals should not be made hostage to a Centre States power struggle. Efforts must be made to build more consensus involving stakeholders, such as the IMA, State medical councils and representatives of healthcare groups.


The Hindu Editorial Words with meanings, synonyms, and antonyms 


Counseling (noun) – Something that provides direction as to a decision

Synonyms – Consultive, prompting, avuncular, urge, retraining

Antonyms – Beguile, dereliction, betraying, delude, tricking


Admitted (adjective) – Received as true

Synonyms – Confessed, avowed, affirmed, orthodox, concede

Antonyms – Debarred, ejected, expelled, extruded, confuted


Discretion (noun) – Knowing how to avoid embarrassment

Synonyms – Prudence, delicacy, volition, wariness, sagacity

Antonyms – Paranoia, arseholery, bondage, candor, cognizance


Rely (verb) – Have confidence or faith in

Synonyms – Confide, hinge, reckon, pivot, anticipate

Antonyms – Conjecture, dubitation, enthrone, incredulity, hunch


Friction (noun) – A state of conflict between persons

Synonyms – Dissension, strife, abrasion, attrition, chafing

Antonyms – Congruity, adoration, amorousness, appetite, armistice


Ceding (verb) – Give up

Synonyms – Cession, waiving, capitulating, bestowing, succumbing

Antonyms – Deciphering, retain, grappling with, contending, transliterating


Ameliorate (verb) – To make better

Synonyms – Rectify, convalesce, recuperate, assuage, bettering

Antonyms – Aggravate, exacerbate, blighted, inflame, impede


Amplifying (verb) – Enlarge upon or add detail to

Synonyms – Augmenting, burgeoning, dilating, crescive, thriving

Antonyms – Drowning, dwindle, minify, obscuring, muffling


Alternative (noun) – One of a number of things from which only one can be chosen

Synonyms – Surrogate, unorthodox, euphemism, elective, druthers

Antonyms – Frumpish, obligatory, stereotype, rejection, crucial


Convergence (noun) – The occurrence of two or more things coming together

Synonyms – Confluence, conflux, assemblage, congregation, juncture

Antonyms – Polarity, schism, dissension, chasm, alterity


Consensus (noun) – Agreement in the judgment reached by a group as a whole

Synonyms – Solidarity, conformity, unanimous, consentaneity, compatibility

Antonyms – Abnegation, demur, niggle, wrangle, acrimony

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