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acquiesce
6 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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benevolent
6 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.11-12
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capricious
5 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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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complacent
4 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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contrite
2 uses
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5-6
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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 = 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 2.5-6
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dilatory
1 use
They are resorting to every dilatory tactic at their disposal to slow the investigation.
dilatory = slowing
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9-10
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expedient
5 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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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fastidious
2 uses
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
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 1.3-4
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incessant
5 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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obscure
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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ostentatious
2 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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penury
1 use
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9-10
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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scrupulous
4 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)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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