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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she was acquitted
I do not pretend to know which was most to blame in their disagreements, though the Admiral's present conduct might incline one to the side of his wife; but it is natural and amiable that Miss Crawford should acquit her aunt entirely.
acquit = find blameless
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
she acquitted herself well
After all that I said to her as we came along, I thought she would have behaved better; I told her how much might depend upon her acquitting herself well at first.
acquitting = handling (in the specified way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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alacrity
6 uses
"I should be most happy," replied he aloud, and jumping up with alacrity, "it would give me the greatest pleasure;"
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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approbation
19 uses
The next meeting of the two Mansfield families produced another alteration in the plan, and one that was admitted with general approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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Book19 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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commendation
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
offered my personal commendation
Miss Crawford knew Mrs. Norris too well to think of gratifying her by commendation of Fanny;
commendation = praise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of commendation means:
praise or a message expressing praise
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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delicacy   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
discuss with delicacy
Delicacy to her parents made her careful not to betray such a preference of her uncle's house.
delicacy = care and gentleness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delicacy means:
care and gentleness — especially speaking or acting with sensitivity and tact
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Book19 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —7 uses as in:
delicacy of the brushwork
...if indeed he has now delicacy of language enough to embody his own ideas.
delicacy = subtlety or fineness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delicacy means:
pleasant subtlety or fineness
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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disinclined
6 uses
"I pay very little regard," said Mrs. Grant, "to what any young person says on the subject of marriage. If they profess a disinclination for it, I only set it down that they have not yet seen the right person."
disinclination = reluctance (to do something)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally disinclined means:
feeling reluctant to do something
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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felicity   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
domestic felicity
To see the expression of her eyes, the change of her complexion, the progress of her feelings, their doubt, confusion, and felicity, was enough.
felicity = happiness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of felicity means:
happiness or luck; or an instance or source of such
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Book15 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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2  —2 uses as in:
felicity of expression
This specimen, written in haste as it was, had not a fault; and there was a felicity in the flow of the first four words, in the arrangement of "My very dear Fanny," which she could have looked at for ever.
felicity = a pleasing style
DefinitionGenerally this sense of felicity means:
pleasing and appropriate manner or style; or an instance of such
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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impropriety
5 uses
I do not censure her opinions; but there certainly is impropriety in making them public.
impropriety = inappropriate behavior
DefinitionGenerally impropriety means:
behavior thought not to be proper — such as immoral or rude behavior
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
imputed the outburst to stress
It was imputed to very reasonable weariness, and she was thanked and pitied; but she deserved their pity more than she hoped they would ever surmise.
imputed = attributed (thought to be caused due to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
impatience often imputed to youth
I could not bear to be, imputing more than might be intended.
imputing = attributing something as a characteristic of someone

(editor's note:  Fanny does not want to treat Henry Crawford's declaration of love seriously since she believes he is just playing with her affections as he did with her cousins.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
to say something is a characteristic of someone or something
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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 32
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nominal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a nominal fee
Even your constant little heart need not take fright at such a nominal change.
nominal = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
insignificantly small
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
I should like to sit talking with you here all day, but we must not forget the ladies below, and so good-bye, my dear, my amiable, my excellent Fanny, for though we shall nominally part in the breakfast-parlour, I must take leave of you here.
nominally = officially (in form, but not reality)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 36
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officious
4 uses
But, however, I soon found it would not do; he was bent upon going, and as I hate to be worrying and officious, I said no more;
officious = too eager to offer advice or opinions
DefinitionGenerally officious means:
too eager to tell others what to do — often regarding unimportant matters
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remiss
4 uses
Mr. Rushworth is never remiss.
remiss = careless in performing duties
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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reprobate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
she fears their reprobation
The want of common discretion, of caution: his going down to Richmond for the whole time of her being at Twickenham; her putting herself in the power of a servant; it was the detection, in short—oh, Fanny! it was the detection, not the offence, which she reprobated.
reprobated = criticized
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reprobation means:
expression of criticism
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Book5 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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sanguine
12 uses
"I am not very sanguine as to our play," said Miss Crawford, in an undervoice to Fanny, after some consideration;
sanguine = optimistic
DefinitionGenerally sanguine means:
confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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untoward
4 uses
She could hardly have made a more untoward choice.
untoward = unfavorable
DefinitionGenerally untoward means:
improper, awkward, or unfavorable
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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