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aesthetic
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You can think of it as a matter of  aesthetics.
aesthetics = what is beautiful or desirable
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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amble
1 use
Farther along, he saw the dark shape of a howler monkey, ambling along the edge of the mangrove swamp.
ambling = walking leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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assess
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
assess the situation
And we can begin to assess whether any are missing.
assess = consider and make a judgment of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assess means:
consider something and make a judgment
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consternation
2 uses
He could imagine the consternation upstairs in the control room, as they began to realize what had happened.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness and worry)
DefinitionGenerally consternation means:
dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
in descending order
They seemed to be numbered in descending order.†
descending = moving downward from larger 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
Such ecological diversity sustained an astonishing diversity of plant and animal life.
diversity = 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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docile
2 uses
Despite their appearance, they are actually quite docile.
docile = easily managed
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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eccentric
2 uses
He's quite elderly, you know. And eccentric, the way rich people sometimes are.
eccentric = obviously unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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impetuous
1 use
And even if that impetuous fool Gennaro decided to burn it to the ground, it would not make much difference.
impetuous = impulsive (acting 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
At the water's edge, one of the babies ventured out, squeaked, and scrambled back while the adults watched indulgently.
indulgently = with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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irrational
1 use
We do not conceive of sudden, radical, irrational change as built into the very fabric of existence.
irrational = unreasonable
DefinitionGenerally irrational means:
not reasonable
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a negative attitude
  In the control room, Hammond said, "Damn those people. They are so negative."
  Wu said, "They're still going on about an animal escaping? I don't understand. They must have seen by now that we have everything under control."†
negative = pessimistic (expecting bad things instead of good)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
pessimistic (emphasizing bad things) or disagreeable
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nocturnal
3 uses
"Raptors are nocturnal," he said.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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portfolio
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
investment portfolio
Between September of 1983 and November of 1985, John Alfred Hammond and his "Pachyderm Portfolio" raised $870 million in venture capital to finance his proposed corporation, International Genetic Technologies, Inc.
portfolio = group 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!
Guitierrez himself would write the preliminary report, but the remains would have to be sent back to the United States for final positive identification, of course.†
positive = with certainty
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.
They had run toxicity profiles as well, and they had found only one positive match: the blood was mildly reactive to the venom of the Indian king cobra.†
positive = found a condition or substance to be present
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pungent
2 uses
The size, the quick movements, the pungent odor, the hissing breath...
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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sonorous
1 use
A sonorous voice said, "Welcome to Jurassic Park."
sonorous = full and deep sounding
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susceptible
1 use
Dodgson had finally located a susceptible InGen employee earlier in the year.
susceptible = easily influenced
DefinitionGenerally susceptible means:
easily influenced or harmed

or:

capable of being treated in a particular way
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tether
3 uses
The goat was tethered in the center of the field, thirty yards from the nearest trees.
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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