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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. The combining capacity of an atom or a group of atoms to form molecules.
2. The capacity of someone or something to affect another.
From Latin valentia (power, worth, or strength), from valere (to be well or strong). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wal- (to be strong) that also gave us valiant, avail, valor, value, wieldy, countervail, valetudinarian, and valorize, Earliest documented use: 1425.
“Bernie Sanders sought common ground by adding new valences to one or two of his standard arguments.”
Margaret Talbot; The Populist Prophet; The New Yorker; Oct 12, 2015.
See more usage examples of valence in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved -- loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves. -Victor Hugo, novelist and dramatist (26 Feb 1802-1885)