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aesthetic
3 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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apathy
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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arbitrary
17 uses
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.7
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austere
25 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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belligerent
12 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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benevolent
7 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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capricious
2 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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deride
11 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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erudite
1 use
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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expedient
6 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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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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fastidious
3 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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hypothesis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 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 or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.7
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2  —1 use as in:
assume as a working hypothesis
For the purpose of discussion, let's accept that the hypothesis that she is guilty is true. What would we have expected her to do after the incident?
hypothesis = something that may or may not be true, but is temporarily treated as true to advance a discussion or to further investigation
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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indolent
2 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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ostentatious
11 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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prosaic
1 use
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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refute
4 uses
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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scrupulous
7 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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