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ameliorate
2 uses
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = lessens (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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amiable
21 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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candid
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.26
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capricious
5 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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complacent
8 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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conciliatory
7 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.26
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credulous
4 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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deride
3 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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diligent
3 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.33
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disparage
12 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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exemplar
1 use
She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
exemplar = example — especially one that represents the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.23
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lucid
5 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.34
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philanthropy
15 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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pious
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.30
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redundant
1 use
What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
redundant = more than is needed
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.22
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.26
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reticent
3 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.30
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.17
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