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aesthetic
2 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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amble
1 use
An old woman was ambling across the street.
ambling = walking slowly or leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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1st useChapter 2
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assess
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
assess the situation
They assessed the property's value at $500,000.
assessed = considered and set
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assess means:
consider something and make a judgment
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1st useChapter 27
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consternation
2 uses
Much to the consternation of Congress, raising the tax decreased tax collections as manufacturers moved to other countries.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
DefinitionGenerally consternation means:
dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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1st useChapter 10
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
in descending order
The three most populous countries in descending order are China, India, and the United States.
descending = moving from larger numbers to smaller numbers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move down a scale — as from larger numbers to smaller, or higher notes to lower
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diversity
3 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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1st useChapter 2
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docile
2 uses
It is a gentle old horse, docile and obedient.
docile = easily led or managed
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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eccentric
2 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 5
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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indulgent
2 uses
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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irrational
1 use
I have an irrational fear of spiders.
irrational = unreasonable
DefinitionGenerally irrational means:
not reasonable
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a negative attitude
Don't be so negative. We'll find a way to make this work.
negative = pessimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
pessimistic (emphasizing bad things) or disagreeable
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nocturnal
3 uses
The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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1st useChapter 27
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portfolio
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
investment portfolio
Keep a diversified portfolio to reduce risk.
portfolio = collection of investments
DefinitionGenerally this sense of portfolio means:
all the investments held by an individual or organization
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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2  —1 use as in:
The test came back positive.
The pregnancy test was positive.
positive = it found the condition present
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
found a condition or substance to be present
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pungent
2 uses
It's the pungent odor of oregano.
pungent = strong
DefinitionGenerally pungent means:
strong smelling or tasting

or much more rarely: anything sharp, painful, or penetrating — physically or emotionally
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1st useChapter 38
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sonorous
1 use
The candidate discussed weighty matters in rich, sonorous tones.
sonorous = (of sound:) full and deep
DefinitionGenerally sonorous means:
full and deep sounding
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susceptible
1 use
I am more susceptible to colds than most.
susceptible = easily influenced or harmed
DefinitionGenerally susceptible means:
easily influenced or harmed

or:

capable of being treated in a particular way
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1st useChapter 11
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tether
3 uses
The horses were tethered to a post.
tethered = tied
DefinitionGenerally tether means:
to tie so as to limit the boundaries of movement; or the rope or other material used to do the tying
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1st useChapter 23
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