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The Call of the Wild

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coherent
1 use
Men were shaking hands, it did not matter with whom, and bubbling over in a general incoherent babel.
incoherent = not understandable (unclear)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in incoherent means not and reverses the meaning of coherent. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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conciliatory
2 uses
Also he saw one dog, that would neither conciliate nor obey, finally killed in the struggle for mastery.
conciliate = attempted to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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consternation
1 use
The tent, illumined by a candle, glowed warmly in the midst of the white plain; and when he, as a matter of course, entered it, both Perrault and Francois bombarded him with curses and cooking utensils, till he recovered from his consternation and fled ignominiously into the outer cold.
consternation = worry and confusion
DefinitionGenerally consternation means:
dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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daunt
2 uses
It was because nothing daunted him that he had been chosen for government courier.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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docile
1 use
As the days went by, other dogs came, in crates and at the ends of ropes, some docilely, and some raging and roaring as he had come;
docilely = in an easily managed manner
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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expedient
1 use
Other men saw to the welfare of their dogs from a sense of duty and business expediency; he saw to the welfare of his as if they were his own children
expediency = an action that is speedy or practical
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
He swiftly lost the fastidiousness which had characterized his old life.
fastidiousness = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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futile
2 uses
Francois swore strange barbarous oaths, and stamped the snow in futile rage, and tore his hair.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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goad
1 use
The warm taste of it in his mouth goaded him to greater fierceness.
goaded = provoked (caused to take action)
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
He no longer felt anything, though very faintly he could hear the impact of the club upon his body.
impact = hit
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impact means:
collision (when two objects collide or crash)
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impede
1 use
They attached the line ... being careful that it should neither strangle him nor impede his swimming,
impede = slow or prevent
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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innocuous
1 use
With ... Hal swearing innocuously ... they staggered into John Thornton's camp
innocuously = harmlessly
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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malinger
5 uses
Pike, the malingerer, who, in his lifetime of deceit, had often successfully feigned a hurt leg, was now limping in earnest.
malingerer = someone who avoids responsibilities 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
He was a gloomy, morose fellow, and he showed Curly plainly that all he desired was to be left alone
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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orthodox
2 uses
So he cut down even the orthodox ration and tried to increase the day's travel.
orthodox = normal

(editor's note:  ration in this context, is a measured share of food)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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persistent
1 use
There is a patience of the wild—dogged, tireless, persistent as life itself—that holds motionless for endless hours the spider in its web, the snake in its coils, the panther in its ambuscade; this patience belongs peculiarly to life when it hunts its living food; and it belonged to Buck as he clung to the flank of the herd, retarding its march, irritating the young bulls, worrying the cows with their half-grown calves, and driving the wounded bull mad with helpless rage.
persistent = 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
He was not prone to rashness and precipitate action;
precipitate = acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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2  —1 use
(verb) as in: it could precipitate war
it was a greater delight slyly to precipitate a fight amongst his mates
precipitate = make something happen abruptly (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
It was all well enough in the Southland, under the law of love and fellowship, to respect private property and personal feelings; but in the Northland, under the law of club and fang, whoso took such things into account was a fool, and in so far as he observed them he would fail to prosper.
prosper = do well
DefinitionGenerally prosper means:
to do well or to grow stronger
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quibble
1 use
A quibble arose concerning the phrase "break out."
quibble = argument (about something unimportant)
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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