Words to Bring Back: “Ambit”

– Definition: n. A space surrounding a house, castle, town, etc. A precinct.

– Used in a sentence: It is my ambition to diligently guard my ambit against encroachment.

– Why: Where I live in semi-rural Northern California, such things are known as “open space,” “green space” or “urban growth boundaries” and are considered sacrosanct against development. But “ambit,” being more compact, sounds like something to strive for rather than something attained.And isn’t the journey always better than the destination?

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