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anxiety
25 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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cease
76 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book76 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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emerge
28 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library58 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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exemplar
1 use
She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
exemplar = example — especially one that represents the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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expedient
4 uses
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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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indifferent
23 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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book23 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
19 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)
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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meticulous
2 uses
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
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 = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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rebuttal
1 use
She immediately wrote a rebuttal and sent it to the New York Times.
rebuttal = argument against (something)
DefinitionGenerally rebuttal means:
a statement arguing against something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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reticent
1 use
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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revere
5 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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