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alternative
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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amiable
36 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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attribute
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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condescending
15 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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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 48
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conjecture
15 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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Book15 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 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 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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2  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = to arrange, position, or use things
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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duplicity
2 uses
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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entreat
20 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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explicit
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 49
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 18
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 40 uses
1  —26 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
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Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
She asked for help and we obliged her.
obliged = granted a favor to someone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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3  —4 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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passage
3 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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reprehensible
3 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 57
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