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acknowledge
16 uses
I think it would be acknowledged by the most impartial eye to have many recommendations.
acknowledged = recognized
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 30
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acquiesce
4 uses
She curtsied her acquiescence.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 13
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agitate
23 uses
When I think of them I am so agitated!
agitated = not calm (emotionally stirred up)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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1st useChapter 10
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benevolent
1 use
received him with the simple professions of unaffected benevolence;
benevolence = kindness and goodwill
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 30
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions, and knowing no disguise.
candid = honest and straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 25
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complacent
3 uses
the general was shortly restored to his complacency, and Catherine to all her usual ease of spirits.
complacency = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 8
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conciliatory
1 use
The possibility of some conciliatory message from the general occurred to her as his daughter appeared.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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conjecture
9 uses
To be guided by second-hand conjecture is pitiful.
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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1st useChapter 29
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diligent
1 use
the unwearied diligence with which she had every day wished for the same thing was at length to have its just reward
diligence = 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
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1st useChapter 4
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discern
8 uses
her eye could not discern anything unusual
discern = to notice something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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1st useChapter 15
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
This was so material an amendment of his late expectations that it greatly contributed to smooth the descent of his pride; and by no means without its effect was the private intelligence, which he was at some pains to procure, that the Fullerton estate, being entirely at the disposal of its present proprietor, was consequently open to every greedy speculation.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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dissent
1 use
Catherine was called on to confirm; Catherine could not tell a falsehood even to please Isabella; but the latter was spared the misery of her friend's dissenting voice, by not waiting for her answer.
dissenting = disagreeing
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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expedient
5 uses
her mother, perceiving her comfortable suggestions to have had no good effect, proposed, as another expedient for restoring her spirits, that they should call on Mrs. Allen.
expedient = an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 2
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impetuous
1 use
There was a thought yet nearer, a more prevailing, more impetuous concern.
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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1st useChapter 29
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
Dear, dear Catherine, in being the bearer of such a message, I seem guilty myself of all its insult; yet, I trust you will acquit me, for you must have been long enough in this house to see that I am but a nominal mistress of it, that my real power is nothing.†
nominal = in name, but not in reality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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rectify
1 use
Miss Thorpe, however, being four years older than Miss Morland, and at least four years better informed, had a very decided advantage in discussing such points; she could compare the balls of Bath with those of Tunbridge, its fashions with the fashions of London; could rectify the opinions of her new friend in many articles of tasteful attire; could discover a flirtation between any gentleman and lady who only smiled on each other; and point out a quiz through the thickness of a crowd.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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sagacious
2 uses
I leave it to my reader's sagacity to determine how much of all this it was possible for Henry to communicate at this time to Catherine, how much of it he could have learnt from his father, in what points his own conjectures might assist him, and what portion must yet remain to be told in a letter from James.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 15
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scrupulous
1 use
But Isabella had promised and promised again; and when she promised a thing, she was so scrupulous in performing it!
scrupulous = very careful and diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 25
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simile
2 uses
Thorpe never finished the simile, for it could hardly have been a proper one.
simile = a comparison that highlights an attribute of something by pointing to a similarity with something of a different kind
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."
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1st useChapter 13
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venerate
1 use
The domestic, unpretending merits of a person never known do not often create that kind of fervent, venerating tenderness which would prompt a visit like yours.
venerating = regarding with feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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