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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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adroit
2 uses
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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astute
1 use
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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bound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
She's bound to succeed.
She's bound to get into a good college.
bound = almost certain to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
almost certain to; or determined to
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
bound together
The pieces of bread are moistened and bound together with eggs and a small amount of flour.
bound = held together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bound means:
held together (connected or united) or wrapped

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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caustic
1 use
Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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condone
2 uses
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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desultory
2 uses
He jumped from job to job in a desultory manner until he met Mary.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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dubious
2 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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exonerate
3 uses
The jury exonerated him of all charges.
exonerated = freed from blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
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gullible
1 use
gullible tourists — easily separated from their money
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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implication
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Her implication in the crime
She is suspected of implication in three burglaries.
implication = involvement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implication means:
involvement in or the suggestion that someone was involved in something — especially a crime
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iniquity
1 use
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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reproach
3 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
we follow a rigorous procedure
She followed the procedures rigorously.
rigorously = thoroughly and carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rigorous means:
thorough and careful procedures
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = pure (completely by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
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2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
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shrewd
5 uses
She is a shrewd negotiator.
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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1st useChapter 9
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