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amnesia
9 uses
Maybe the knock to his head had given him amnesia.†
amnesia = loss of memory
DefinitionGenerally amnesia means:
loss of memory (partial or total)
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is appropriate
Kara had appropriately and repeatedly expressed her horror over what Tom had done.†
appropriately = in a suitable (fitting) manner for a particular situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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compelling
5 uses
Who was to say which reality was more compelling?†
compelling = very interesting; or convincing; or a force for action
DefinitionGenerally compelling means:
very interesting; or convincing — possibly leading to action

or more rarely:  a force for action
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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condescending
2 uses
Look, could you please lose the condescending tone here?
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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context
1 use
Their display was simple abandonment to affection, foolish in any other context, but completely genuine here.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
And in contrast to the events in his dreams, he felt quite good.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 35
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast between the terror that consumed the land and this remnant of Elyon's potent power, left as a gift for them, was staggering.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 34
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deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)
11 uses
The drugs, based on recombinant DNA research, weren't dose-restrictive-a fancy way of saying they could be taken in large quantities without side effects.†
DNA = cell structures that transmit genetic information which determines inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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duplicity
1 use
Tom awoke with duplicitous images running circles in his head.
duplicitous = deceptive
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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dwell
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
The sky above the dwellings was filled with Roush, who floated and dived and twisted in the afternoon sun.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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gene
5 uses
The company, which specialized in vaccines and genetic research, had plants in several countries but was headquartered in Bangkok, where it had operated without the restrictions often hampering domestic pharmaceutical companies.†
genetic = related to single segments of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits
DefinitionGenerally gene means:
a single segment of DNA which when combined determine inherited traits such as hair color or height
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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imply
1 use
Clearly this information implied something significant, but Tom didn't have the foggiest notion what it could be.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 6
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malicious
3 uses
I won't spread a malicious rumor just because you say you'll shoot my pinkie toes off if I don't.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 35
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
His skin tingled with each minute droplet of mist that touched him.†
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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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mutation
21 uses
You do remember a report three months ago about unsustainable mutations of the vaccine.†
mutations = a change in the genes that determine how a living organism is designed; or the result of the change
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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sensuous
1 use
Her caress lingered on his skin, sensuous yet completely innocent at once.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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simulate
8 uses
We're basing the conclusions on a simulation.†
simulation = something that is not real, but is made to imitate or behave like something that is
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 35
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talon
14 uses
Tom could hear the scraping of its talons along aged planks, the whisper of its huge wings, as it slowly ascended the bridge.†
talons = sharp hooked claws
DefinitionGenerally talon means:
a sharp hooked claw — especially on a bird of prey
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Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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vary
1 use
Some were quite thin, others fairly plump, their skin tone varied from dark to light.†
varied = differed; or changed
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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virtual
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
virtual organization
Tom lay under the batik quilt she'd thrown over him, his position virtually unchanged from when she'd left him a couple of hours ago.†
virtually = to almost be so, but not so strictly speaking
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePro.
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