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amiable
5 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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compunction
1 use
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.4
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
He gave her a slow elaborate wink.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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futile
2 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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gesticulate
1 use
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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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 useChapter 2.3
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languid
3 uses
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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malicious
2 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.6
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meticulous
1 use
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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palaver
1 use
She hates positive thinking palaver.
palaver = empty talk
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
She is not perturbed by attacks from a hostile press.
perturbed = disturbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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plausible
3 uses
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = sounding reasonable
DefinitionGenerally plausible means:
apparently reasonable, but unproven
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.2
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
reconciled = brought into agreement (in this case, the statement from the bank with the record she kept in her check register)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.1
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reproach
3 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.1
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solicitous
1 use
It's a mid-price hotel in a great location with a solicitous staff.
solicitous = showing great care or concern for someone (in this case, for guests)
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing care or concern for someone
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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superficial
1 use
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3
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taciturn
1 use
She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
taciturn = with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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tedious
1 use
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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