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arable
1 use
China has almost 20% of the world's population, but has only 7% of its arable land.
arable = capable of being farmed productively
DefinitionGenerally arable means:
of land:  capable of being farmed productively
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1st useChapter 6
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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blithe
1 use
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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capitulate
1 use
The Romans induced many enemy armies to capitulate by offering good terms of surrender.
capitulate = surrender
DefinitionGenerally capitulate means:
to stop resisting something — such as surrendering to someone else's decision or accepting a military defeat
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complicity
1 use
She is accused of being complicit in the crime.
complicit = guilty as a helper
DefinitionGenerally complicity means:
guilt as a helper in a crime or offense
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contemptible
2 uses
She is uninformed and her views are contemptible.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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ensconced
1 use
She moved to New York for college and has been happily ensconced in the city ever since.
ensconced = settled comfortably
DefinitionGenerally ensconced means:
fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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frugal
1 use
A good salary and frugal spending habits led to a large bank account.
frugal = avoiding waste
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gambol
3 uses
The puppies were gamboling in the back yard.
gamboling = frolicking (skipping, leaping, and/or running around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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ignominious
2 uses
They retreated in ignominious defeat.
ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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incumbent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
incumbent upon her to
It's incumbent upon her to clean up the mess she created.
incumbent = necessary as a duty or responsibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incumbent means:
necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility
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intermediary
1 use
Officially, North and South Korea were not talking at the time, but they were using the French as an unofficial intermediary to keep the lines of communication open.
intermediary = someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly
DefinitionGenerally intermediary means:
someone who acts as a link between two others who don't talk directly — such as a realtor between the buyer and seller
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literate
1 use
Only 25% of adults are literate in that country.
literate = able to read and write
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moreover
3 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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shirk
2 uses
She began to shirk her duties and turned to drinking to help deal with the pain.
shirk = avoid
DefinitionGenerally shirk means:
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
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1st useChapter 3
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tempered   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
bad news tempered by kindness
Her criticism was tempered with kindly sympathy.
tempered = made less extreme
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2  —1 use as in:
short-tempered
She is patient and even-tempered.
tempered = not easily angered or upset
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tempered means:
having a typical mood or temperament — often in reference to how easily one is angered
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1st useChapter 1
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vivacious
1 use
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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1st useChapter 2
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