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Gulliver's Travels
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affectation
3 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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conjecture
27 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —8 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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contrived
38 uses
The novel has a contrived ending.
contrived = unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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Book38 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discourse
36 uses
The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
discourse = conversation (or the exchange of ideas) on a particular topic
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
Word Statistics
Book36 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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disposition   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
a disposition to learn
Her disposition is to work within whatever guidelines are set. She'll do a great job unless you need a rule breaker to solve this problem.
disposition = inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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3  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
They met to discuss the best disposition of border control agents along the southern border.
disposition = the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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endeavor
24 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inhabitant
34 uses
What will traffic be like if the city has twice as many inhabitants?
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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malicious
22 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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metropolis
22 uses
The town is on it's way to becoming a 21st century metropolis.
metropolis = a large city — especially one that is considered important
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prodigious
23 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
Word Statistics
Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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utmost
24 uses
It is of the utmost importance.
utmost = greatest
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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