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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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arbitration
1 use
They submitted their disagreement to binding arbitration.
arbitration = the hearing and settling of a dispute by an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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capricious
7 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disclaim
1 use
We disclaim any responsibility for the accident.
disclaim = deny
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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impetuous
18 uses
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
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Book18 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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imply
48 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book48 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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incantation
2 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indecision
1 use
Don't mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
indecision = a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a nominal fee
The insurance company proposes a nominal fee for all elective care so that patients will join the effort to eliminate unnecessary expense.
nominal = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
insignificantly small
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1st useChapter 6
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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ostentatious
8 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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philanthropy
12 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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reticent
13 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scrupulous
16 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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sensuous
4 uses
She claims the tango as the most sensuous of dance forms.
sensuous = pleasing to the physical senses (sexy)
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative look or mind
She looked speculative as she turned her head back to the computer screen.
speculative = curious or in deep thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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venerate
6 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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