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alternative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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1st useChapter 2
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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capacious
1 use
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = large in capacity
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1st useChapter 10
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complacent
7 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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condescending
8 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
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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correspond
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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1st useChapter 23
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expedient
7 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 4
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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1st useChapter 36
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mollify
2 uses
She managed to mollify the angry customer.
mollify = calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 42
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obstinate
9 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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passage
2 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
A child who was abused with have a different perspective of family life than one raised in a nurturing home.
perspective = a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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1st useChapter 1
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sanguine
4 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sultry
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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timorous
1 use
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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