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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
As you pointed out, we're just a little short on alternatives at the moment.†
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 13
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banish
10 uses
If he refuses to change his doctrine and loses, he will be banished as the law requires.†
banished = expelled or gotten rid of
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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1st useChapter 16
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blasphemy
8 uses
Speaking against the Great Romance was blasphemy!†
blasphemy = disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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1st useChapter 18
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bronze
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
A Council member lifted two heavy bronze swords from the floor by his stool and set them on the stage.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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1st useChapter 12
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convention
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Nothing that changes what you've heard, but tnething that may assist us in a more .... unconventional way.†
unconventional = not regarded as normal

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unconventional means not and reverses the meaning of conventional. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
...he was clearly out of their league. He'd deferred to them.
deferred = yielded to their thoughts and comments rather than share his own
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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1st useChapter 15
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doctrine
6 uses
If he refuses to change his doctrine and loses, he will be banished as the law requires.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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1st useChapter 18
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlights of the year
It had always been the highlight of their day.†
highlight = best part
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
something that stands out
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1st useChapter 9
inquiry
7 uses
As is required, three elders have called for an inquiry before the people as is allowed by law.†
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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1st useChapter 9
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mutation
14 uses
There is no way to predict mutations of this kind.†
mutations = a change in the genes that determines how a living organism is designed; or the result of the change
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1st useChapter 6
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nevertheless
1 use
Nevertheless, it is said that this man has also spread the poison of blasphemy against Elyon throughout the Southern Forest in these past two years.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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1st useChapter 18
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perimeter
12 uses
Take the canyon back to the forest and bring the reinforcements at the perimeter forward.†
perimeter = the outer edge
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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1st useChapter 1
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
The test came back positive.
I've tested positive for the Raison Strain.†
positive = indicating that a condition was found
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
found a condition or substance to be present
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1st useChapter 8
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precede
2 uses
A dull thump preceded the ground's tremor.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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1st useChapter 3
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primarily
3 uses
The only other immediate threat would come from our neighbors, primarily England.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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1st useChapter 11
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relevant
1 use
Fortier had critical information relevant to the virus, he told Gaetan, and suggested that the leaders meet at the Chateau Triomphe in the Right Bank.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 11
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simulate
8 uses
She showed them the same computer simulation that he'd seen in Bangkok, and when the screen went blue at the end, the questions came to a halt.†
simulation = something that is not real, but is made to imitate or behave like something that is

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 11
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treason
12 uses
We believe the best way to deal with him is now, to make an example of any such treasonous talk.†
treasonous = involving betrayal

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ous" in treasonous means full of. This is the same pattern you see in words like dangerous, poisonous, and humorous.)
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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1st useChapter 10
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vaccine
27 uses
But you have to understand that we're dealing with a mutation of a genetically engineered vaccine here-literally billions of DNA and RNA pairs.†
vaccine = a substance (such as weakened or dead a disease-causing microorganism) injected into a person or animal to stimulate the production of antibodies to protect against a disease
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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yield
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Ciphus objected but finally capitulated, as much to control the lingering of those loyal to Justin as to yield to the Horde's demands.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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