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astute
1 use
Astute investors spread their risk instead of investing all their money in just one thing.
astute = smart and perceptive
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1st useChapter 4
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defendant
102 uses
The defendant is confident she will be found innocent.
defendant = a person (or institution) legally accused or sued in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
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Book102 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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discern
6 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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disdain
3 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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dubious
2 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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eccentric
5 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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equivocal
5 uses
Her statement was equivocal.
equivocal = unclear in meaning — especially where opposing interpretations are reasonable (sometimes intentionally)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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fastidious
2 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = 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 useChapter 5
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gregarious
2 uses
She's gregarious by nature and loves parties.
gregarious = inclined to seek and enjoy the company of others
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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meticulous
4 uses
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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morose
5 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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obscure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 26
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relevant
5 uses
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 24
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scrutiny
2 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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stoic
2 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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vestige
4 uses
She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
vestige = a trace of something — especially as an indication that it was previously there
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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