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agitate
26 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
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)
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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anxiety
24 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.9
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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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apparent
30 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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arbitration
4 uses
They submitted their disagreement to binding arbitration.
arbitration = the hearing and settling of a dispute by an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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armistice
1 use
The Korean War armistice has yet to be followed with a peace treaty.
armistice = agreement to temporarily stop fighting
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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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 1.5
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complacent
9 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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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.2
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conciliatory
5 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.2
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deride
2 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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endure
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book14 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.3
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expedient
4 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.7
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imply
16 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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incessant
4 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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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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indifferent
30 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.6
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indignant
27 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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obstinate
13 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.12
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