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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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ebullient
1 use
Her family was jumping for joy, but she was less ebullient.
ebullient = filled with energy and joy
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
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1st useChapter 17
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate design
It's part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 13
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ingenious
6 uses
It is an ingenious solution to the problem. It is as reliable as it is easy.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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latent
3 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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ostentatious
1 use
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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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phenomenon
7 uses
It is a growing social phenomenon on high school campuses.
phenomenon = something that is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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rectify
1 use
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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relevant
1 use
Shannon tells an interesting story, but it's not relevant to the decision we have to make.
relevant = important (related in a meaningful way)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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resignation
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 23
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speculate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
She is working subtly against us.
subtly = working in a way that is hard to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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ubiquitous
3 uses
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = found everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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