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coherent
4 uses
She is more coherent now than she was just after the accident an hour ago.
coherent = sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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conscientious
3 uses
She is conscientious in the lab.
conscientious = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally conscientious means:
careful to do what is right—especially to perform duties in a thorough manner (as when guided by conscience)
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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dismal
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ecstatic
4 uses
They are ecstatically in love.
ecstatically = with feelings of intense happiness
DefinitionGenerally ecstatic means:
feeling intense happiness and excitement (as when in a state of ecstasy)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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elude   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she eluded the police
The thief eluded the police
eluded = avoided (got away from)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to avoid, or get away from, or remain out of reach
in various senses, including:
  • "She eluded the police."
  • "She eluded danger and finally arrived safely at home."
  • "Success has eluded me."
  • "She always messes up, but some how eludes taking responsibility."
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in him eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understand)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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grotesque
6 uses
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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haughty
4 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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innuendo
2 uses
She's been convicted in the press based on rumor or innuendo.
innuendo = things implied, but not actually stated with facts
DefinitionGenerally innuendo means:
something suggested indirectly — (often a negative comment about someone, or sexual humor)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inquest
2 uses
The coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide.
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or other undesirable event
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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phenomenon
1 use
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that can be seen and is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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portentous
2 uses
It is a portentous day for the space program.
portentous = important
DefinitionGenerally portentous means:
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —5 uses as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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saunter
3 uses
It was pleasant to saunter lazily through the park.
saunter = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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superficial
1 use
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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transcendent
1 use
Visiting Yosemite was a transcendent experience.
transcendent = beyond the ordinary range of human experience; or beyond the usual limits of excellence

or:

beyond the ordinary range of human experience
DefinitionGenerally transcendent means:
surpassing usual limits of excellence

or:

beyond the ordinary range of human experience or understanding
Word Statistics
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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