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Aug 14, 2002
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conversant

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conversant (kuhn-VUHR-suhnt) adjective

Having familiarity by study or experience.

[From Middle English conversaunt (associated with), present participle of converser, from Latin conversari (to associate with).]

"'Most school inspectors are not conversant with the learning difficulties of deaf children. The inspection manual will help them to know what to look for and properly advice special education teachers,' says Adera."
Ken Ramani; Learning For The Deaf In Big Crisis; The East African Standard (Kenya); Feb 24, 2002.

"In the case of Daniel Defoe (1660-1731), I am only conversant with his most famous book, Robinson Crusoe, widely regarded as the first English language novel."
Herman Goodden; A Bundle of Books to Live by; The London Free Press (UK); Jan 2, 2000.

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Why should I fear death? If I am, death is not. If death is, I am not. Why should I fear that which cannot exist when I do? -Epicurus, philosopher (c. 341-270 BCE)

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