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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 71 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
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Book69 uses
Library46 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 — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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antecedent
9 uses
For if he that doeth it, hath not passed away his originall right to do what he please, by some Antecedent Covenant, there is no breach of Covenant; and therefore no Injury done him.†
antecedent = something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
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Book9 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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arbiter
11 uses
And Distributive Justice, the Justice of an Arbitrator; that is to say, the act of defining what is Just.†
arbitrator = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 41 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  —37 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) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Book37 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.29
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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 = in opposition to what was just said
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Book19 uses
Library6 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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covenant
191 uses
God is King of all the Earth by his Power: but of his chosen people, he is King by Covenant.†
covenant = a binding agreement
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Book191 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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derive
52 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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Book52 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.8
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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
1st useChapter 2.18
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dispute
31 uses
1  —31 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
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Book31 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.8
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diversify
2 uses
These simple Passions called Appetite, Desire, Love, Aversion, Hate, Joy, and griefe, have their names for divers considerations diversified.†
diversified = made more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied

This is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.4
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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
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Book219 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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
1st useChapter 2.17
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expound
11 uses
And therefore this distinction, in the sense wherein it useth to be expounded, is not right.†
expounded = explained or discussed in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.37
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iniquity
9 uses
It is true that they that have Soveraigne power, may commit Iniquity; but not Injustice, or Injury in the proper signification.†
iniquity = immorality; or an immoral act
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.41
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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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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ordination
68 uses
Secondly, when they use words metaphorically; that is, in other sense than that they are ordained for; and thereby deceive others.†
ordained = ceremony in which one is officially declared a minister, priest, rabbi, or other religious leader
Word Statistics
Book68 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.33
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