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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 79 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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2  —6 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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atom
36 uses
The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
atom = the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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Book36 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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capitalism
26 uses
Capitalism has helped to move millions of people out of poverty.
capitalism = an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book26 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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charlatan
1 use
She's a charlatan and a cheat.
charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 17 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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3  —3 uses as in:
a correspondence course
She took a correspondence course while she was in prison.
correspondence = done from afar via written communication
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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immutable
27 uses
It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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inherent
15 uses
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognizes the inherent dignity of each person.
inherent = existing as an inseparable part or characteristic
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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innate
34 uses
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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perception
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perception of external stimuli
The drug dulls sensory perception.
perception = the act of sensing (to see, hear, taste, touch, or smell)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perception means:
something that someone senses; or the act of sensing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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proletariat
7 uses
Marx did not envision a generally satisfied proletariat that found meaning and financial reward in their work.
proletariat = a social class consisting of those who must work for wages to support themselves
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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sophistry
27 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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stoic
24 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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