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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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candid
2 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.7
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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contrite
3 uses
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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disparage
2 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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.9
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furtive
1 use
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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indolent
4 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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irascible
1 use
She has an irascible nature at the best of times, but be especially careful to avoid her early in the morning.
irascible = easily angered
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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languid
9 uses
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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obstinate
8 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
patron = someone who contributes money to an organization
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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penitent
2 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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remonstrate
9 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 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
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.16
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2  —2 uses as in:
This committee hereby resolves...
The Security Council resolved that all parties should work together for the successful implementation of the National Peace Accords.
resolved = voiced an opinion by formal group vote
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
make a decision or voice an opinion by formal group vote
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.4
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3  —1 use 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)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.16
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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
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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sufficient
16 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book16 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3.9
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tenable
1 use
Our position became less and less tenable.
tenable = defensible — especially of an opinion or a position
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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