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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 75 uses
1  —69 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book69 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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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 = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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3  —4 uses 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
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.30
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 42 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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2  —38 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book38 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.29
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conducive
25 uses
The dorm room was not conducive to studying.
conducive = helpful
DefinitionGenerally conducive means:
contribute (help lead to a result)
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Book25 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.18
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
in consonance with
Her thinking is not consonant with the deeply held beliefs of those who elected her.
consonant = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
in keeping with (or consistent with, or in harmony with)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.26
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 126 uses
1  —96 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
Word Statistics
Book96 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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2  —19 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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3  —11 uses as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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derive
53 uses
She likes to win, but she doesn't derive pleasure from watching others lose.
derive = get
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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Book53 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.8
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.19
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.18
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dispute
33 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.8
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doctrine
219 uses
She argues that the action is protected under the separation-of-powers doctrine that is fundamental to the US Constitution.
doctrine = principle
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
Word Statistics
Book219 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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dominion
93 uses
France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa.
dominion = dominance or power
DefinitionGenerally dominion means:
dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
Word Statistics
Book93 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.17
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manifest
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (make itself known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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monarchy
60 uses
The monarchy is over three hundred years old, but it was forced to share power and adopt a constitution during the last century.
monarchy = a government ruled by a king of queen
DefinitionGenerally monarchy means:
a government or country ruled by a king of queen; or the ruling family of such a country
Word Statistics
Book60 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.26
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precept
35 uses
She accepts the Golden Rule as a precept.
precept = rule for behavior
DefinitionGenerally precept means:
a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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speculate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.20
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