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benevolent
11 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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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 22-24
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conciliatory
4 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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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 16-18
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46-48
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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diligent
7 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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disparage
10 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22-24
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earnest
54 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book54 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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empower
2 uses
The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
empowers = gives power or authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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expedient
4 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10-12
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indifferent
30 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
Web Links
indignant
31 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-3
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inquire
77 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book77 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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prudent
12 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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resumption
24 uses
We hope for a resumption of negotiations.
resumption = the act of beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
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Book24 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
Web Links
sufficient
45 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10-12
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venerate
4 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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