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benevolent
13 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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candid
12 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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conjecture
30 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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Book30 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 81 uses
1  —69 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book69 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —12 uses as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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diligent
13 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
divined through intuition
They are trying to divine the outcome of next year's election.
divine = to discover something — usually through intuition or reflection
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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hinder
75 uses
Her efforts to turn the department around were further hindered by budgetary cuts.
hindered = slowed down or caused problems for
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hinder means:
slow down or cause problems for
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Book75 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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indulgent
21 uses
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 83 uses
1  —44 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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Book44 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —19 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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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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3  —20 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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Book20 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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prodigal
2 uses
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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remonstrate
21 uses
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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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePrel
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scrupulous
16 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)
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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