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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 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
Book4 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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anonymous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an anonymous author
Everyone wonders who has been sending her anonymous love letters.
anonymous = (written by) someone who did not reveal their name or identity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of anonymous means:
an unknown person, or of an unknown person — such as an unknown author, or donation of an unknown person
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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coincidence
13 uses
It was a pure coincidence that both got sick the same weekend.
coincidence = a state where the cause of events was accidental rather than related
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a chance occurrence that seems like it was arranged

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while on vacation in another country)
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Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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concise
1 use
She deducts points if the paper is not concise enough.
concise = expressing much in few words
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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cunning
7 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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disdain
2 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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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elicit
4 uses
Her comments elicited public outrage.
elicited = brought out in response
DefinitionGenerally elicit means:
get or bring out in response — such as information or a feeling
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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intuitive
4 uses
The were perfect partners—one highly intuitive and the other highly analytical.
intuitive = based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 34
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magnanimous
3 uses
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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minuteness
4 uses
1  —4 uses 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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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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Monsieur
9 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useFrwd.
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plausible
3 uses
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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superintendent
12 uses
Our superintendent was surprisingly good in the faculty-student basketball game.
superintendent = the person who directs and manages the school district
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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tentative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = done in a careful way indicating a lack of confidence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 25
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2  —1 use as in:
a tentative plan
My plans are still tentative.
tentative = with an expectation that there may be changes
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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