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noun very formal
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    the act or practice of telling the future using random items such as playing cards

    Some descriptions made technology assessment sound like blustery sortilege; others made it out to be a highly systematic and methodical process, with strict rules and procedures, tools and models.

    Submitted by Yasser Tariq from Pakistan on 03/02/2016
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    magic or sorcery
    Submitted by Yasser Tariq from Pakistan on 03/02/2016
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