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The Call of the Wild

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coherent
1 use
She presented a compelling and coherent plan.
coherent = sensible and clear
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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1st useChapter 6
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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consternation
1 use
Much to the consternation of Congress, raising the tax decreased tax collections as manufacturers moved to other countries.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
DefinitionGenerally consternation means:
dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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daunt
2 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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docile
1 use
It is a gentle old horse, docile and obedient.
docile = easily led or managed
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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expedient
1 use
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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fastidious
1 use
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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futile
2 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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goad
1 use
She goaded him into an argument.
goaded = provoked (angered or annoyed)
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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impact
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
at the moment of impact
The meteor impacted the moon.
impacted = collided with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impact means:
collision (when two objects collide or crash)
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impede
1 use
She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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innocuous
1 use
She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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malinger
5 uses
They accused me of malingering and insisted I visit their doctor.
malingering = avoiding responsibilities and duties by pretending to be sick
DefinitionGenerally malinger means:
avoid responsibilities and duties — typically by pretending to be ill

or (more rarely):  to be slow
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morose
2 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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orthodox
2 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = normal
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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precipitate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use
(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
Think about this. Don't make a precipitate decision.
precipitate = sudden (without adequate thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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2  —1 use
(verb) as in: it could precipitate war
The accident precipitated the union strike for better working conditions.
precipitated = caused suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
make something happen or to fall or move — typically suddenly and often of something undesired
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prosper
2 uses
She is prospering at school.
prospering = doing well
DefinitionGenerally prosper means:
to do well or to grow stronger
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quibble
1 use
Let's not quibble over pennies.
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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