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The Declaration of Independence

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absolve
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...solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and...
absolved = relieved (from an obligation or requirement)
DefinitionGenerally absolve means:
to find someone blameless; or forgive; or relieve (of a requirement or obligation)
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accommodate
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moved to accommodate her
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
accommodation = benefit (help to)

(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 this sense of accommodate means:
adjust something to provide for a need; or help
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appropriate
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1  —1 use as in:
appropriate from their culture
...raising the conditions of new appropriations of Lands.
appropriations = takings (in this case, to assign ownership)

(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 this sense of appropriate means:
to take without asking — often without right
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arbitrary
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...establishing therein an Arbitrary government,
arbitrary = unfair (based on impulse rather than law)
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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candid
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1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
candid = honest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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contract
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1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
...and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
contract = make an agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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derive
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—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
deriving = getting (telling where something comes from)
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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desolate
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1  —1 use as in:
desolated the region
...works of death, desolation and tyranny,
desolation = destruction

(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 this sense of desolate means:
destroyed; or emptied of people; or emptied of most plants and animals
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dictate
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1  —1 use as in:
reason dictates
Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
dictate = require
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
determine or control what will happen
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dispose
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1  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.
disposed = inclined (has a tendency to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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endeavor
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...and has endeavoured to bring...
endeavoured = tried or attempted

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavored.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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inhabitant
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For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
inhabitants = people (who live in a particular place)
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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judiciary
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He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
judiciary = a system of law courts that administer justice
DefinitionGenerally judiciary means:
the system of law courts that administer justice; or the people in that system
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jurisdiction
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We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us.
jurisdiction = authority to make decisions or apply the law
DefinitionGenerally jurisdiction means:
the authority to make decisions or apply the law; or the territory subject to such authority
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obstruct
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He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by...
obstructed = blocked or hindered
DefinitionGenerally obstruct means:
to block or hinder
The exact meaning of obstruct can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "obstruct the path" — block passage through
  • "obstruct justice" — hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • "obstruct her view" — get in the way so as to hide from sight
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redress
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In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms:
redress = correction (to have the problem fixed)
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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render
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1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
...to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
render = make (cause to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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transient
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...Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes;
transient = temporary (lasting a short time)
DefinitionGenerally transient means:
lasting a short time

or:  

one who stays for only a short time
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tyranny
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The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.
tyranny = harsh and unjust rule
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usurp
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The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations...
usurpations = the act of seizing or taking control without authority

(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 usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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