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censure
14 uses
I value not her censure any more than I should do her commendation.
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
—he knew nothing of what had passed; and the first hours of his visit were consequently spent in hearing and in wondering.
consequently = as a result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book19 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
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2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
I have something of consequence to inform you of, which I was on the point of communicating by paper.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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endeavor
28 uses
She sometimes endeavoured for a few minutes to read; but the book was soon thrown aside,
endeavoured = tried or attempted

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavored.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
"Colonel Brandon's character," said Elinor, "as an excellent man, is well established."†
established = set in reputation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book12 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
...and Edward's visit near Plymouth, his melancholy state of mind, his dissatisfaction at his own prospects, his uncertain behaviour towards herself, the intimate knowledge of the Miss Steeles as to Norland and their family connections, which had often surprised her, the picture, the letter, the ring, formed altogether such a body of evidence, as overcame every fear of condemning him unfairly, and established as a fact, which no partiality could set aside, his ill-treatment of herself.†
established = showed or proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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fastidious
2 uses
That Marianne, fastidious as she was, thoroughly acquainted with Mrs. Jennings' manners, and invariably disgusted by them, should overlook every inconvenience of that kind...
fastidious = excessively concerned with matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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impetuous
2 uses
they had gone through the subject again and again; and with the same steady conviction and affectionate counsel on Elinor's side, the same impetuous feelings and varying opinions on Marianne's, as before.
impetuous = impulsive (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Edward seemed to have as great an inclination to walk out of the room again, as to advance farther into it.
inclination = tendency (attitude favoring)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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indolent
2 uses
They were all thoughtless or indolent.
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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inquiry
31 uses
She needed no time for deliberation or inquiry.
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book31 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 53 uses
1  —45 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
My promise to Lucy, obliged me to be secret.
obliged = required (obligated her to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book45 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —5 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
You are very obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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3  —3 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I shall always think myself very much obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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prudent
29 uses
but I was too young, and loved him too well, to be so prudent as I ought to have been.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book29 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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recollect
35 uses
Recollecting, soon afterwards, that he was probably dividing Elinor from her sister, he put an end to his visit
recollecting = remembering
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book35 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
But the resolution was made only to be broken.
resolution = firm decision to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 46
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
...to act with resolution,
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 41
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
They were cheered by the joy of the servants on their arrival, and each for the sake of the others resolved to appear happy.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book23 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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2  —10 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Perhaps she pitied and esteemed him the more because he was slighted by Willoughby and Marianne, who, prejudiced against him for being neither lively nor young, seemed resolved to undervalue his merits.
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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