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credulous
1 use
He was open-minded, but not credulous.
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
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
They might have had some natural cause, or they might be due to deliberate censorship by the Overlords.
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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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
Their summits were streaked with snow, and the clouds above them were turning to fire as the sun descended on the last few minutes of its daily journey.†
descended = moved down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Silence descended on the murmuring crowd
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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disdain
1 use
He felt, like all the Colonists, a slight disdain for the rest of mankind.
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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ebullient
1 use
By turns he could be affectionate or morose, reserved or ebullient.
ebullient = happy and energetic
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate design
A simple face-mask and oxygen set would take care of that: there was no need for anything elaborate.
elaborate = complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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ingenious
6 uses
Human beings are remarkably ingenious,
ingenious = inventive and skillful
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing cleverness and originality
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1st useChapter 2
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latent
3 uses
To all outward appearances, she was still a baby, but round her now was a sense of latent power so terrifying that Jean could no longer bear to enter the nursery.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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1st useChapter 19
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ostentatious
1 use
...his jailer was now wearing, very ostentatiously, a huge pistol that had never been in evidence before.
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 3
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phenomenon
7 uses
All down the ages there have been countless reports of strange phenomena—poltergeists, telepathy, precognition—which you had named but never explained.
phenomena = interesting observable things
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
The mild alcoholic fog prevented any profound analysis of what had happened,
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
...such natural catastrophes as earthquakes or floods, which might have a profound effect on large numbers of people...
profound = very intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 15
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rectify
1 use
I hope you can rectify that, Mr. Supervisor.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
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relevant
1 use
The relevant statistics are attached, and it will be seen that there are still no signs of any unusual development.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 17
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resignation
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
...with a contented resignation that comes normally to a man only at the end of a long and busy life,
resignation = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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speculate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
Their origin was still no-known, their biology a source of endless speculation.
speculation = guesses and theories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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1st useChapter 6
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
But behind that display of sleeping force were other and much subtler weapons.
subtler = working in an indirect or hidden way
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
The Supervisor did not use those actual words, of course, and the thoughts he really expressed were far more subtle.
subtle = difficult to understand — often due to 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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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ubiquitous
3 uses
...the ubiquitous little air-cars had washed away the last barriers between the different tribes of mankind.
ubiquitous = present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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