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benevolent
13 uses
it was only safe to say that he would act with benevolent intentions, and that he would spend as little money as possible in carrying them out.
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
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
"Come, Toller, be candid," said Mr. Farebrother.
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
I will not deny that you conjecture rightly.
conjecture = form an 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
Of course if a woman accepts the wrong man, she must take the consequences, and one who does it twice over deserves her fate.
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
"Beauty is of very little consequence in reality," said Rosamond, turning her head towards Mary, but with eyes swerving towards the new view of her neck in the glass.
consequence = importance
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
I have deferred it too long,
deferred = postponed (delayed until a later time)
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
Dorothea, instead of settling down with her usual diligent interest to some occupation, simply leaned her elbow on an open book and looked out of the window...
diligent = 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
For Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face;
And Love, the human form divine;
divine = wonderful or god-like
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
he had divined from Dorothea's glance at her husband that there was some alarm in her mind.
divined = discovered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
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
it was to hinder Mr. Ladislaw from wanting to marry you for your money
hinder = slow down or cause problems
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 burst forth in her most impetuous manner.
impetuous = impulsive (acting 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
He was one of those rare men who are rigid to themselves and indulgent to others.
indulgent = treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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.
I am not obliged to tell you.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
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.
Oblige me by letting the subject drop, Naumann.
oblige = grant a favor to
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 shall be exceedingly obliged if you will look in on me here occasionally, Mr. Lydgate," the banker observed, after a brief pause.
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
For my own part, I regretted your alliance with my brother-in-law's family, which has always been of prodigal habits,
prodigal = recklessly wasteful
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
Dorothea quietly persisted in spite of remonstrance and persuasion.
remonstrance = argument in opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
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.
It seems to me very miserable not to resolve on some course and act accordingly.
resolve = decide
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.
Permanent rebellion, the disorder of a life without some loving reverent resolve, was not possible to her;
resolve = 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 have not implied to me that the symptoms which—I am bound to testify—you watched with scrupulous care, were those of a fatal disease.
scrupulous = diligent (attention to detail)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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