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adroit
1 use
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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condensation
1 use
She slipped on a sidewalk made wet by condensation from an air conditioner.
condensation = the process or result of becoming more dense — especially a liquid formed from a gas as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
DefinitionGenerally condensation means:
the process or result of becoming more dense in various senses — such as:
  • liquid formed from a gas—as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
  • an abridgement or shortened version of writing
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contentious
2 uses
We started with the most contentious item on the agenda.
contentious = likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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1st useChapter 9
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culpable
2 uses
He is culpable of copyright infringement.
culpable = guilty of something or deserving blame
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defunct
2 uses
They are salvaging equipment out of the now-defunct factory.
defunct = no longer working
DefinitionGenerally defunct means:
no longer in force; or having ceased to exist or live
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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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establish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 16
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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grave
5 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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heresy
1 use
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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1st useChapter 7
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indifferent
5 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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1st useChapter 30
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inevitable
9 uses
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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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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propitious
2 uses
It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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1st useChapter 22
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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1st useChapter 4
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soporific
3 uses
Her lecture put the whole class in a soporific daze.
soporific = tending to make one sleepy
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1st useChapter 6
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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1st useChapter 14
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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