2017年1月30日 星期一

the possible and the probable, price fixing, read sth into sth



Science fiction inspired him—though his first job after leaving school was in the down-to-earth British civil service, which gave him plenty of time to think and write. From there, imagining the possible and the probable gradually took over.
In a statement late Monday, Yahoo said: "We have been informed that the Justice Department, as they sometimes do, is seeking advice from an outside consultant, but that we should read nothing into that fact. We remain confident that the deal is lawful."

FOXBusiness - USA
SAN FRANCISCO -- Japan's Hitachi Displays Ltd. will plead guilty and pay a $31 million fine for its role to fix prices in the sale of thin film ...


price fixing
also n.
  1. The setting of commodity prices artificially by a government.
  2. The result of an unlawful agreement between manufacturers or dealers to set and maintain specified prices on typically competing products.

read sth into sth phrasal verb
to believe that an action, remark or situation has a particular importance or meaning, often when this is not true:
Don't read too much into her leaving so suddenly - she probably just had a train to catch.

possible

(pŏs'ə-bəlpronunciation
adj.
  1. Capable of happening, existing, or being true without contradicting proven facts, laws, or circumstances.
  2. Capable of occurring or being done without offense to character, nature, or custom.
  3. Capable of favorable development; potential: a possible site for the new capital.
  4. Of uncertain likelihood.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin possibilis, from posse, to be able.]
adj. - 可能的, 合理的, 可允許的, 有可能的, 合適的, 尚可的
n. - 可能性, 可能的事物

日本語 (Japanese)
n. - 可能性, 適当なもの, 可能性のあるもの
adj. - 可能な, 起こりうる, 有り得る, 満足できる, 可能な限りの


SYNONYMS possible, workable, practicable, feasible, viable. These adjectives mean capable of occurring or being done.
Possible indicates that something may happen, exist, be true, or be realizable: “I made out a list of questions and possible answers” (Mary Roberts Rinehart). 

Workable
 is used of something that can be put into effective operation: If the scheme is workable, how will you implement it?

Something that is practicable is capable of being effected, done, or put into practice: “As soon as it was practicable, he would conclude his business”

Feasible
 refers to what can be accomplished, brought about, or carried out: Making cars by hand is possible but not economically feasible.

Viable implies having the capacity for continuing effectiveness or success: “How viable are the ancient legends as vehicles for modern literary themes?” (Richard Kain).
 (George Eliot).

probable

(prŏb'ə-bəlpronunciation
adj.
  1. Likely to happen or to be true: War seemed probable in 1938. The home team, far ahead, is the probable winner.
  2. Likely but uncertain; plausible.
  3. Theology. Of or relating to opinions and actions in ethics and morals for whose lawfulness intrinsic reasons or extrinsic authority may be adduced.
[Middle English, plausible, from Old French, from Latin probābilis, from probāre, to prove. See prove.]
pronunciation When it is not in our power to determine what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.— Rene Descartes (1596-1650), French mathematician, physiologist, physicist and philosopher.

adj. - 很可能發生的, 很有希望的, 很可能成為事實的, 有充分根據的
n. - 有希望的候選人, 可能的事情
idioms:
  • probable cause 合理的根據

日本語 (Japanese)
adj. - ありそうな, 有望な
n. - 起こりそうなこと, 予想される勝者
idioms:
  • probable cause 考えられる原因, 相当の根拠

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