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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —15 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
Book15 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1.16
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.7
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = to extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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eminent
16 uses
She is an eminent scholar.
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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entreat
12 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.5
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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
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.9
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melancholy
13 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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2  —4 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.16
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3  —8 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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reproach
11 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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retort
15 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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sagacious
3 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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