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amble
5 uses
I walked back to the door, stepping aside as Monica ambled past me, yawning widely.
ambled = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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diabolical
2 uses
When I'd first started playing Truth, back in my slumber party days, it had always made me nervous. Wes was right in saying it was diabolical: the questions asked were always personal or embarrassing, preferably both.
diabolical = cruel and clever
DefinitionGenerally diabolical means:
evil; very bad; or cruel and clever (like something of the devil)
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1st useChapter 9
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disdain
1 use
"Ah, right," he said, eyeing the veggie burgers disdainfully,
disdainfully = with a lack of respect (as though they weren't good enough for him)
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
For a second none of us said anything, and I wondered if, in the end, this is how all disputes are settled, with a shared silence as things become equal.
disputes = disagreements or arguments
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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2  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
"I'm hardly wearing any," Bert said, as Wes put a hand over his nose, disputing this.
disputing = challenging (showing disagreement about)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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diverse
1 use
How weird it was that so many bits and pieces, all diverse, could make something whole.
diverse = varied (having variety with differences)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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dubious
1 use
I left them downstairs, my mother listening dubiously as Caroline explained about how corduroy wasn't just for overalls anymore, and went up to my room,
dubiously = doubtfully
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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exasperated
3 uses
I shook my head, exasperated, as I went over and sat down on the bed.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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flippant
1 use
I had no idea if her expression was flippant or grave or what.
flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness

(editor's note:  In this context, grave means "very serious".)
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1st useChapter 7
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incredulous
5 uses
I could just see Jason at the library, listening with that same incredulous expression, as my desk leap was described, in SAT verbal perfect words, by Amanda and Bethany.
incredulous = having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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indignant
5 uses
"I can't believe," she said indignantly, not even hearing this, "that you and Wes are out on a date and you didn't even tell me."
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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infallible
1 use
...the artist is making a statement about the fallibility of even the most ideal creatures.
fallibility = imperfection
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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1st useChapter 8
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innocuous
3 uses
My mind had raced with awful possibilities, picturing her dead on the highway, but the truth was actually much more innocuous.
innocuous = harmless (not disturbing)
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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innovate
3 uses
[He was] responsible for an innovative school recycling program now implemented in districts around the country,
innovative = new and different

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
Of course, I couldn't really verify either of these things completely, as the only objective view was the mirror on the back of the closet door, which was now facing the wall so that, in her words, I wouldn't see myself until I was "done."
objective = fact-based
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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palpable
4 uses
...her disapproval was palpable.
palpable = very apparent
DefinitionGenerally palpable means:
very apparent (so strong, it almost seems to take a material form that can be touched)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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redundant
1 use
"I'm going," she said, redundantly.
redundantly = even though it wasn't necessary (It was already know that she was going.)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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spontaneous
2 uses
I am not a spontaneous person.
spontaneous = instinctive (prone to doing things without planning ahead of time)
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner

or:

happening naturally (without planning or external force)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
When he first put his arms around me, it was tentative, like maybe he expected I'd pull away.
tentative = careful or unsure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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wistful
6 uses
"Still," Kristy said wistfully, "I did like her halter top."
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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