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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 75 uses
1  —69 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
And it is called DELIBERATION; because it is a putting an end to the Liberty we had of doing, or omitting, according to our own Appetite, or Aversion.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
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
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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
For men measure, not onely other men, but all other things, by themselves: and because they find themselves subject after motion to pain, and lassitude, think every thing els growes weary of motion, and seeks repose of its own accord; little considering, whether it be not some other motion, wherein that desire of rest they find in themselves, consisteth.†
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
In which sense there is nothing that accordeth not with the rest of Holy Scripture, or any glimpse of the fire of Purgatory.†
accordeth = gives special treatment

(Editor's note:  Today, the suffix "-eth" is replaced by "-s", so that where they said "She accordeth" in older English, today we say "She accords.")
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...
For True and False are attributes of Speech, not of things.†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
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...
When they are attributed to Men, they signifie Conformity, or Inconformity of Manners, to Reason.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
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
Pusillanimity Desire of things that conduce but a little to our ends; And fear of things that are but of little hindrance, PUSILLANIMITY.†
conduce = contribute (to a result)
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
For the will of another, cannot be understood, but by his own word, or act, or by conjecture taken from his scope and purpose; which in the person of the Common-wealth, is to be supposed alwaies consonant to Equity and Reason.†
consonant = in keeping
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
And therefore they that Vow any thing contrary to any law of Nature, Vow in vain; as being a thing unjust to pay such Vow.†
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book96 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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2  —19 uses as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary, Obscurity, is Dishonourable.†
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
Credulity From Ignorance Of Nature Ignorance of naturall causes disposeth a man to Credulity, so as to believe many times impossibilities: for such know nothing to the contrary, but that they may be true; being unable to detect the Impossibility.†
to the contrary = 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
This kind of Honour, commonly called Gentry, has been derived from the Antient Germans.†
derived = got
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
Of the lawfulnesse of it, this also is an argument, that whatsoever inconvenience can arrive by giving a Kingdome to a stranger, may arrive also by so marrying with strangers, as the Right of Succession may descend upon them: yet this by all men is accounted lawfull.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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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
by prevention of discord at home
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
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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.
But why wee beleeve the Bible to be the Word of God, is much disputed, as all questions must needs bee, that are not well stated.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
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
For this kind of Doctrine, admitteth no other Demonstration.†
doctrine = 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
And by consequence, such augmentation of dominion over men, being necessary to a mans conservation, it ought to be allowed him.†
dominion = dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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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
The manifestation of the Value we set on one another, is that which is commonly called Honouring, and Dishonouring.†
manifestation = demonstration (something made obvious or shown)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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monarchy
60 uses
But when many such Families, joyned together, made a greater Monarchy, this duty of the Herealt, to distinguish Scutchions, was made a private Office a part.†
monarchy = a government or country ruled by a king of queen; or the ruling family of such a country
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Book60 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.26
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precept
35 uses
And the Religion of the later sort is Divine Politiques; and containeth Precepts to those that have yeelded themselves subjects in the Kingdome of God.†
precepts = rules 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
And thus much shall suffice; concerning what I find by speculation, and deduction, of Soveraign Rights, from the nature, need, and designes of men, in erecting of Commonwealths, and putting themselves under Monarchs, or Assemblies, entrusted with power enough for their protection.
speculation = thought and theorizing

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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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