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amiable
26 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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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 22-24
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complacent
10 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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conciliatory
4 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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condescending
25 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
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46-48
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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diligent
7 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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disparage
10 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22-24
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empower
2 uses
The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
empowers = gives power or authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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expedient
4 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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inflammable
1 use
The product label warns that it is inflammable.
inflammable = easily started on fire and burned

(editor's note:  This word is often confused because in is often used as a prefix for not, but in this case the prefix means within. Today, most people just say flammable which has the same meaning and won't be confused.)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent jaw
The skull resembles that of modern humans, but was smaller with a sloped forehead, larger teeth, and a prominent jaw.
prominent = protruding (sticking out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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quibble
1 use
Let's not quibble over pennies.
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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rectify
1 use
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down (a bicycle ridden in a reclined position)
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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remonstrate
21 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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succession
7 uses
1  —7 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)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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