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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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acquiesce
1 use
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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aversion
2 uses
Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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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
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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condescending
2 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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corroborate
2 uses
The detectives looked for evidence to corroborate her story.
corroborate = support
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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deduction
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
logical deduction
Given what we know, it is the only logical deduction.
deduction = logical conclusion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deduction means:
a logical conclusion; or reasoning from the general to the particular
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deference
2 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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diligent
2 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
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diversity
1 use
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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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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hydraulic
11 uses
The train uses hydraulic brakes.
hydraulic = relating to liquid — often describing machinery as moved by pressurized liquid
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morose
3 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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obstinate
3 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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specious
1 use
It's just another specious-sounding miracle diet.
specious = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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tenable
1 use
Our position became less and less tenable.
tenable = defensible — especially of an opinion or a position
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trite
1 use
I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
trite = lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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vacuous
2 uses
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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