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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 19
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conciliatory
3 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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 1
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deference
6 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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 24
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discreet   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
I leave my phone on silent mode, so it can alert me discreetly when I receive a text message.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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2  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not foolish
She is a discreet investor.
discreet = sensible and careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
sensible and careful; possibly having good manners
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discretion   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
You can trust her discretion.
This firm prides itself on its discretion and will not reveal client matters or even acknowledge who is a client.
discretion = behavior that does not cause embarrassment or reveal private information
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
behavior that does not cause embarrassment or emotional discomfort — especially by not revealing secrets
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —3 uses as in:
Parental discretion advised
This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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eloquent
7 uses
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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embellish
4 uses
Tell me exactly what happened without embellishment.
embellishment = anything added to increase attractiveness or interest
DefinitionGenerally embellish means:
make something more attractive or interesting by adding to it
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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gratification
11 uses
to my gratification she arrived on time
gratification = great satisfaction (pleasure)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ingenious
6 uses
It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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narrate
5 uses
She narrates the story with the wisdom of an older woman looking back on life.
narrates = writes or tells (a story)
DefinitionGenerally narrate means:
to tell a story-possibly as the main voice in a documentary or a character who speaks to the audience in a performance

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —8 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
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —4 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
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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reproach
6 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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scrupulous
4 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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