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The Call of the Wild
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apparent
8 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5
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belligerent
1 use
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 2
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callow
2 uses
She described him as shallow and callow.
callow = young and inexperienced
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cease
7 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book7 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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coherent
1 use
She is more coherent now than she was just after the accident an hour ago.
coherent = sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 6
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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impede
1 use
She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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1st useChapter 6
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inevitable
3 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
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innocuous
1 use
She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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insidious
1 use
The debt grew insidiously—just a little at a time and always for a good purpose.
Alan Greenspan  --  The Age of Turbulence
insidiously = in a manner not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time
DefinitionGenerally insidious means:
not appearing dangerous, but actually very harmful over time

or:

treacherous  (dangerous due to trickery or from hidden or unpredictable risks)
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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pervasive
1 use
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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1st useChapter 1
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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resilient
1 use
Times have been tough, but she is resilient.
resilient = able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — especially a person retaining a positive attitude or a material retaining its shape
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1st useChapter 4
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
I found it an interesting, but rigorous class.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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1st useChapter 7
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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