Outliers: The Story of Success | Study Guide

Malcolm Gladwell

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Outliers: The Story of Success | Glossary


Achievement Gap: (n) the difference in academic knowledge and retention between students from wealthy and low-income families

analogy: (n) a comparison between two things

causation: (n) an action or occurrence that makes something else happen

correlation: (n) an action or occurrence that is linked to another action or occurrence

cultural legacy: (n) historical aspects of a culture that affect structures and behaviors of today

culture: (n) the behaviors and beliefs of a particular group as defined by ethnicity, race, age, or social status

demographic trough: (n) a period of time in which fewer babies are born than previous and future periods

Industrial Revolution: (n) a period of time during the 18th and 19th centuries that saw the transformation of English and American rural societies into urban hubs of manufacturing

Ivy League: (adj) relating to a group of eight colleges considered to be the most prestigious in the United States

litigate: (v) to make the subject of a lawsuit

Manhattan Project: (n) a United States government research project (1942–45) that resulted in the creation of the atomic bomb

Nobel Prize: (n) an international award given in recognition of individual achievements in science, literature, economics, and social advancements

outlier: (n) someone or something that stands apart from a group; used by Malcolm Gladwell to describe people who have achieved great academic, financial, or social success

philanthropist: (n) a person who donates money to people and institutions for the advancement of society

practical intelligence: (n) "knowing what to say, when to say it, and how to say it for maximum effect"; phrase coined by psychologist Robert Sternberg

Silicon Valley: (n) the southern portion of the San Francisco Bay area in California, widely known as the home of many global technological companies

sociology: (n) the science or study of human society and social relations

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