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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
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Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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allude
7 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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amiable
6 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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astute
2 uses
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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conjecture
8 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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deduce
18 uses
She trusts only what she can measure or can deduce from measurement.
deduce = conclude by reasoning
DefinitionGenerally deduce means:
conclude by reasoning — especially reasoning from the general to the particular
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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eccentric
4 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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endeavor
16 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book16 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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formidable
7 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use 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
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
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infer
8 uses
Which of the following facts can you infer from the first paragraph?
infer = figure out or guess by reasoning
DefinitionGenerally infer means:
to figure out or guess by reasoning
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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inquiry
19 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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presumption
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
presumption of innocence
I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
presumed = assumed something was true without proof
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
something thought of as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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relevant
1 use
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 12
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trifle with
10 uses
1  —10 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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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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whimsical
2 uses
It was an especially whimsical episode of Family Guy.
whimsical = playful or amusing
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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