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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
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ambiguous
2 uses
Her answer was ambiguous.
ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 9
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apparent
13 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book13 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 3
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book2 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useStory 4
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cordial
5 uses
The countries share a long border and have cordial relations.
cordial = friendly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cordial means:
friendly — usually warm and heartfelt, but possibly only polite
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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emulate
1 use
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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fastidious
1 use
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
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imply
5 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useStory 3
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 9
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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magnanimous
1 use
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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pedantic
1 use
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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precocious
1 use
She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents' rules.
precocious = having intelligence and behavior not usually seen in one so young
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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sophistry
1 use
Where facts failed her, she used sophistry.
sophistry = the use of seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
DefinitionGenerally sophistry means:
seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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stoic
1 use
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = unemotional
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
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torpid
1 use
The news has stirred the country's usually torpid parliament to action.
torpid = slow or inactive
DefinitionGenerally torpid means:
of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest

or:

of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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vacuous
1 use
It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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wanton
1 use
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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