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amiable
16 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.30
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.29
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despondent
12 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.18
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impetuous
7 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.35
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indolent
4 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.39
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mischievous
9 uses
She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
mischievous = playful — often in an annoying or naughty way
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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penitent
10 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37
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petulant
8 uses
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.3
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prudent
7 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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reprehensible
3 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.19
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reproach
22 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.29
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.31
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.27
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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sober
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sobering thought
It's sobering to think that more Americans die from opioid abuse than in car accidents.
sobering = makes one serious about an issue
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sobering means:
serious; or making one serious or calm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 41 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book40 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37
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ubiquitous
1 use
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = found everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.12
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wistful
19 uses
Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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