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Nicholas Nickleby
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complacent
17 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —28 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)
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Book28 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —5 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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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 8
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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 28
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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 46
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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 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 59
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defer
1 use
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 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 53
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engender
2 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 52
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2  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 20
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3  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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prudent
11 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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remonstrate
28 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 61
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 60
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3  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.
rendered = played (portrayed or gave her interpretation of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 54
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retort
82 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
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Book82 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sanguine
12 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —20 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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