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benevolent
5 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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candid
5 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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capricious
7 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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copious
14 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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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 11
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disdain
3 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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diverse
11 uses
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied — in this case consisting of a population of different kinds of people — such as different ethnic groups and genders
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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diversity
5 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ephemeral
2 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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haughty
14 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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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incessant
16 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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latent
19 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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prudent
9 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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