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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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allude
7 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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amiable
6 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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conjecture
8 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
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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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deference
2 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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diligent
1 use
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
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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eccentric
4 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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1st useChapter 2
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morose
3 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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nominal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a nominal fee
The insurance company proposes a nominal fee for all elective care so that patients will join the effort to eliminate unnecessary expense.
nominal = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
insignificantly small
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obstinate
3 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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positive
4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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unquizzed meaning  —3 uses
resolute
3 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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specious
1 use
It's just another specious-sounding miracle diet.
specious = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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trifle
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vacuous
2 uses
It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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