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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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anxiety
5 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 3
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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 useAct 3
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contradict
1 use
Does the sentence contradict the main claim of the essay?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree as in:
  • to say something is not true
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true
  • to be in conflict with
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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discrepancy
4 uses
She is on paid leave while the accounting discrepancy is investigated.
discrepancy = a difference between two things expected to be in agreement
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised
This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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earnest
4 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book4 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 2
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expedient
2 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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forsake
2 uses
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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genuine
1 use
I am genuinely sorry for what I did.
genuinely = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally genuine means:
real (as when a person is sincere or an object is not a replica or fake)
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 1
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hypocrite
2 uses
She calls him a hypocrite for suggesting a green lifestyle except when it is personally inconvenient.
hypocrite = someone who violates claimed moral standards
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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imply
1 use
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useAct 3
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 1
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lucrative
2 uses
It is Google's most lucrative business.
lucrative = profitable
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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malicious
1 use
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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nevertheless
1 use
The class was hard. Nevertheless, it was my favorite.
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 2
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oblige
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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obstinate
4 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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