Pandemic is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of pandemic, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - epidemic over a wide geographical area
EXAMPLES - Pandemic in a Sentence
- And they did what they called pandemic preparedness training. (source)
- People hear the word pandemic and they get very, very alarmed. (source)
- But another influenza pandemic is almost certain at some point. (source)
- We use that term pandemic, I don't think we defined it very well. (source)
- I've heard it called a pandemic, but I'm not sure what that means. (source)
- WHO raises swine flu alert to highest level, 'pandemic' - 3rd Update (source)
- A pandemic is just not a maybe .. it is a certainty, just a matter of when. (source)
- The term pandemic in the context of flu means a new virus that spreads widely. (source)
- But, he added, "we want people to understand what the word pandemic really means." (source)
- Protect the women there from what is often referred to as a pandemic in the region: rape. (source)
- The term pandemic has to do with the geographic spread of a disease and not with the severity. (source)
- WHO uses the term pandemic to refer only to geographic spread and not to the severity of an illness. (source)
- The World Health Organization uses the term pandemic to refer to geographic spread rather than severity. (source)
- The word pandemic comes from the Greek word pandemos, which literally translates to "pertaining to all people." (source)
- Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate (source)
- Keiji Fukuda, the WHO's top flu official, said the agency could soon declare a pandemic, which is designated as level 6. (source)
- Editor's note: The WHO did say they see no need to raise the level to 6 and that a pandemic is not imminent at this time. (source)
- For example, for the past four years we have been besieged by the notion that a bird flu pandemic is just around the corner. (source)
- GREGORY HARTL, WHO SPOKESMAN: We have to try to help people understand that the word pandemic doesn't necessarily mean severe. (source)
- WHO said that the term pandemic refers to a disease's geographic spread _ in all countries worldwide _ rather than its severity. (source)
- And I think one of the things that has happened around the AIDS pandemic is that we have seen progress, and people have said, oh, good. (source)
- So you can have a flu virus that frankly doesn't kill everyone like - you know we think of the word pandemic and it's still (inaudible). (source)
- ELIZABETH COHEN, CNN SENIOR MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT: Wolf, here's the issue, is that people get confused about what the word pandemic means. (source)
- The girls got the facts about the disease as well as the realities of how the pandemic is affecting their country and even their little village. (source)
- Many people assume a pandemic is a deadly scourge, but two of three flu pandemics that circled the globe in the 20th century were relatively mild. (source)
- BLITZER: Is this H1N1, this crisis right now, and it is formally called a pandemic, worse than you thought it would be, about what you thought it would be or not as bad? (source)
- BLITZER: Is this H1N1, this crisis right now -- and it is formally called a pandemic -- worse than you thought it would be, about what you thought it would be, or not as bad? (source)
- The U.N. health agency went ahead anyway, arguing that the term pandemic signifies only that a new strain is circulating worldwide, but says nothing about how dangerous it is. (source)
- Of course, the probability of such a pandemic is less than 1, but a 5% chance of a 1918-1919-style disaster still makes existing measures very reasonable on an expected-value basis. (source)
- But the United Nations health agency went ahead, arguing that the term pandemic signifies only that a new strain is circulating worldwide, but says nothing about how dangerous it is. (source)
- Phase 6, which WHO calls the pandemic phase, is characterized by sustained community-level outbreaks in at least one WHO region other than the region of origin, in this case the Americas. (source)
- While this seems like a mildly interesting post, it makes no mention of why scientists are apt to think that this virus has the potential to be pandemic or even what the term pandemic means. (source)
- David Ropeik, an expert in risk perception and communication at Harvard University, says the word pandemic is less frightening than when emerged during worries about bird flu a few years ago. (source)
- No decision has been made yet on whether and how to vaccinate millions of Americans against the new flu strain that the World Health Organization last week formally dubbed a pandemic, meaning it now is circulating the globe unchecked. (source)
- A group of outside experts will scrutinize the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate for what has turned out to be a relatively mild disease, the World Health Organization said Monday. (source)
- GENEVA - A group of outside experts will scrutinize the World Health Organization's response to the swine flu outbreak and likely examine whether the term pandemic was appropriate for what has turned out to be a relatively mild disease, the World Health Organization said Monday. (source)
- A structural bulwark against a pandemic is also present in the National Incident Management System, which strives for a systematic response among 16 agencies across the gamut of local, state and federal governments, said Billy Harrison, emergency management director for DeSoto County. (source)
- And the reason we say that is the factors that accumulate that would lead to what we call a pandemic flu -- and it's important for the viewers to understand the difference between a pandemic flu, that really worries us, and the seasonal flu that we've spoken about on this show, where you have some minor changes from year to year, and fundamentally there's good background immunity. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 58.0, which suggests that "pandemic" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 40 synonyms for pandemic.
accepted, all, all-embracing, all-inclusive, all-over, astronomical, broad, catholic, celestial, common, comprehensive, cosmic, cosmopolitan, customary, diffuse, ecumenical, empyrean, extensive, general, generic, global, multinational, mundane, omnipresent, planetary, prevalent, regular, stellar, sweeping, terrestrial, total, ubiquitous, undisputed, unlimited, unrestricted, usual, whole, widespread, worldly, worldwide
We have 13 antonyms for pandemic.
abnormal, exclusive, extraordinary, incomplete, individual, infrequent, narrow, partial, particular, rare, specific, uncommon, unusual
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of pandemic from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Widespread; general.
- (adjective) Medicine Epidemic over a wide geographic area and affecting a large proportion of the population: pandemic influenza.
- (noun) A pandemic disease.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Widespread; general.
- (adjective) Epidemic over a wide geographical area and affecting a large proportion of the population.
- (noun) A pandemic disease; a disease that hits a wide geographical area and affects a large proportion of the population.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Affecting a whole people or a number of countries; everywhere epidemic.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Incident to a whole people; epidemic: as, a pandemic disease.
- (noun) A pandemic disease.
- (None) In phytogeography, growing throughout the world: cosmopolitan.
- (None) Pertaining to all; human; hence, sensual; not spiritual.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) epidemic over a wide geographical area
- (noun) an epidemic that is geographically widespread; occurring throughout a region or even throughout the world
- (adjective) existing everywhere