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abstract
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3, p.22.9
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17, p.182.5
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ambivalent
3 uses
Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
ambivalent = with mixed feelings
DefinitionGenerally ambivalent means:
having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.66.3
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analysis   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
analysis of relevant data
According to my analysis, we should focus on improving customer service.
analysis = detailed examination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
the process or result of examining and thinking about something to better understand it
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7, p.64.3
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2  —1 use as in:
psychiatrist suggested analysis
I visited the psychiatrist who recommended I undergo analysis.
analysis = psychiatric treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
psychiatric treatment — (using any of many theories of the human mind that use talk therapy to understand the unconscious mind)
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.184.9
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ascetic
3 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N., p.ii.8
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18, p.191.7
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context
1 use
She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
context = in a misleading manner (because the quote left out additional words that changed the meaning of what was quoted)
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9, p.96.9
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existential
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
existential threat
Israel faces an existential threat from some of its neighbors.
existential = characterized by threatening existence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of existential means:
relating to or dealing with existence — especially with human existence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.134.9
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fluctuate
1 use
"I'm not overweight. I fluctuate between chubby and curvy."
fluctuate = alternately increase and decrease in quantity
DefinitionGenerally fluctuate means:
to alternately increase and decrease in quantity
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17, p.173.9
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hubris
3 uses
It is another example of hubris preceding a fall.
hubris = excessive pride and confidence
DefinitionGenerally hubris means:
excessive pride, arrogance, or confidence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8, p.72.1
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hypothesis
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17, p.184.8
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inimical
1 use
Her lack of discipline is inimical to achieving her goals.
inimical = harmful
DefinitionGenerally inimical means:
harmful or unfriendly
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.25.1
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insulate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
insulate the attic
We had his bedroom insulated before winter came.
insulated = added material to reduce heat transfer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of insulate means:
to separate two things to prevent passage of something such as heat, cold, noise, or electricity — often by covering one of the things with a material
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.5.3
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2  —1 use as in:
insulate her from
They home schooled their young children to insulate them a little longer from what they consider to be a crass society.
insulate = separate (from influences thought to be harmful)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of insulate means:
to separate someone or something from influences thought to be harmful
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.181.9
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onerous
2 uses
They argue that onerous regulation is driving business from the city.
onerous = requiring significant effort
DefinitionGenerally onerous means:
difficult (requiring significant effort)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.22.8
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pivotal
2 uses
It was a pivotal event in her life.
pivotal = very important and influencing other events
DefinitionGenerally pivotal means:
very important and influencing other events or how things develop
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N., p.iii.2
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plausible
4 uses
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = sounding reasonable
DefinitionGenerally plausible means:
apparently reasonable, but unproven
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8, p.76.9
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down (a bicycle ridden in a reclined position)
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.140.4
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tundra
5 uses
Tundra reindeer travel as much as 3,000 miles a year.
tundra = a treeless plain where the subsoil is always frozen
DefinitionGenerally tundra means:
a vast treeless plain in the northern arctic regions where the subsoil is always frozen (between the ice cap and the tree line)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.60.4
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