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Important vocabulary (•)

As you read the background summary of the Bakke case, look for the important vocabulary words that are italicized.  When you come to one of those terms, look at this page for its definition.  Then, check to see if you understand the definition by either sketching a picture of what you think it means, or by putting it in your own words.  Feel free to add terms from the reading that you would like to practice.

  • admitted, admissions (to admit)
    Definition: To permit to attend or participate; process by which the people who will be allowed to attend are selected
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  • applicant(s)
    Definition: One who seeks a particular opportunity, in this case admission to a school
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  • quota
    Definition: A number or percentage, especially of people, constituting a required or targeted minimum
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  • violated (to violate)
    Definition: To break or disregard (a law or promise, for example)
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  • appealed (to appeal)
    Definition: To formally request that a lower court decision be examined and reconsidered by a higher court
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  • unconstitutional
    Definition: Not in agreement with the principles set forth in the constitution of a nation or state
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