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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —10 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
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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2  —2 uses 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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acquiesce
10 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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allude
11 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2
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conjecture
16 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.15
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.6
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conspicuous
15 uses
She tried not to look conspicuous as she slipped into class after the tardy bell.
conspicuous = easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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convention
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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disdain
12 uses
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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Book12 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.8
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expedient
10 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
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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fastidious
11 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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mitigate
11 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.6
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.12
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perception
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perception of external stimuli
The drug dulls sensory perception.
perception = the act of sensing (to see, hear, taste, touch, or smell)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perception means:
something that someone senses; or the act of sensing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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