20. aboriginal adj. Primitive; unsophisticated.21. aborigines n. The original of earliest known inhabitants of a country.22. aboveboard adv. & adj. Without concealment, fraud, or trickery.23. abrasion n. That which is rubbed off.24. abridge v. To make shorter in words, keeping the essential features, leaning outminor particles.25. abridgment n. condense or shorten.26. abrogate v. To abolish, repeal.27. abrupt adj. Beginning, ending, or changing suddenly or with a break.28. abscission n. The act of cutting off, as in a surgical operation.29. abscond v. To depart suddenly and secretly, as for the purpose of escaping arrest.30. absence n. The fact of not being present or available.31. absent-minded adj. Lacking in attention to immediate surroundings or business.32. absolution n. Forgiveness, or passing over of offenses.33. absolve v. To free from sin or its penalties.34. absorb v. To drink in or suck up, as a sponge absorbs water.35. absorption n. The act or process of absorbing.36. abstain v. To keep oneself back (from doing or using something).37. abstemious adj. Characterized by self denial or abstinence, as in the use of drink,food.38. abstinence n. The trait of abstaining (especially from alcohol).39. abstruse adj. Dealing with matters difficult to be understood.40. absurd adj. Inconsistent with reason or common sense.41. abundant adj. Plentiful.