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advocate
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an advocate supporting
Alan Grant was one of the principal advocates of the theory that dinosaurs were warm-blooded.†
advocates = public supporters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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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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consternation
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He could imagine the consternation upstairs in the control room, as they began to realize what had happened.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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daunt
1 use
Back in 1982, the technical problems had seemed daunting.
daunting = discouraging intimidating
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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diversity
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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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explicit
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1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
Ever since Newton and Descartes, science has explicitly offered us the vision of total control.†
explicitly = clearly and specifically
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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frivolous
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Second, much of the research is thoughtless or frivolous.
frivolous = not serious in content
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
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innate
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This innate conservatism of DNA emboldened Wu to use whatever DNA he wished.
innate = natural (present at creation)
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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laconic
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"And dinos aren't reptiles," Muldoon said laconically.
laconically = using few words
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migrate
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They want to migrate.
migrate = move from one place to another
DefinitionGenerally migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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negative
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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
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"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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putrid
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Then they smelled the odor, a garbage stench of putrefaction and decay that drifted up the hillside toward them.
putrefaction = rotting (the process of biological decay)
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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rapacious
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Pound for pound, a velociraptor was the most rapacious dinosaur that ever lived.
rapacious = living by preying on other animals — especially by catching living prey

(editor's note:  More generally, rapacious is used to describe someone as "excessively greedy, and often destructive".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rapacious means:
excessively greedy — often destructive
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redundant
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And whenever we faced a critical matter such as this, we designed redundant systems. ... In this case, there are two independent reasons why the animals can't breed.
redundant = having an extra component designed to work if the main one fails
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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requisition
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I ordered three larger weapons, Mr. Hammond, but you cut the requisition, so we got only one.
requisition = official request
DefinitionGenerally requisition means:
to officially request, demand, or take something; or the form used to make such a request
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somnolent
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The babies would chitter and scramble over the indulgent, somnolent bodies of the adults, and nip little bites from the dead animal.
somnolent = drowsy (sleepy)
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sonorous
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A sonorous voice said, "Welcome to Jurassic Park."
sonorous = full and deep sounding
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virulent
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The vaccine consisted of live rabies virus, genetically modified to be nonvirulent.
nonvirulent = not dangerous
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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yield
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1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
As you can imagine, a twenty percent yield is insufficient for our work.†
yield = amount produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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