## abstract

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## 1 —1 use as in:

**abstract thought**

...mathematical reasoning is merely logic applied to observation upon form and quantity. The great error lies in supposing that even the truths of what is called pure algebra, are

__abstract__or general truths. ... Mathematical axioms are not axioms of general truth.abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

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## acumen

1 use

...its discovery depends, not at all upon the

__acumen__, but altogether upon the mere care, patience, and determination of the seekers;acumen = uncommon ability to make good decisions

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## aggregate

1 use

## 1 —1 use as in:

**the aggregate effect**

In this latter science it is very usually untrue that the

__aggregated__parts are equal to the whole.aggregated = combined

## Definition

Generally this sense of*aggregate*means:

the combination of different, but related, things; or relating to such a thing

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## astute

2 uses

So I did not abandon the search until I had become fully satisfied that the thief is a more

__astute__man than myself.astute = smart and perceptive

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## axiom

3 uses

In chemistry also the

__axiom__fails.axiom = something assumed to be self-evident

(editor's note: In this case, he's referring to generalizations extended beyond chemistry problems.)

(editor's note: In this case, he's referring to generalizations extended beyond chemistry problems.)

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## commensurate

1 use

...a large body is with more difficulty set in motion than a smaller one, and that its subsequent momentum is

__commensurate__with this difficulty,commensurate = proportionate

## Definition

Generally*commensurate*means:

appropriate in proportion to

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## diverse

1 use

They are right in this much—that their own ingenuity is a faithful representative of that of the mass; but when the cunning of the individual felon is

__diverse__in character from their own, the felon foils them, of course.diverse = different (varied)

## Definition

Generally*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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## dogma

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"The material world," continued Dupin, "abounds with very strict analogies to the immaterial; and thus some color of truth has been given to the rhetorical

__dogma__, that metaphor, or simile, may be made to strengthen an argument, as well as to embellish a description."dogma = sayings accepted as authoritative by some group

## Definition

Generally*dogma*means:

a doctrine or code of beliefs accepted as authoritative by some group

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## educe

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I dispute, in particular, the reason

__educed__by mathematical study.educed = developed

(editor's note: In this case, he's referring to generalizations extended beyond mathematical problems.)

(editor's note: In this case, he's referring to generalizations extended beyond mathematical problems.)

## Definition

Generally*educe*means:

to develop or evolve from a latent or potential state (can be something physical or an understanding)

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## egregious

1 use

And this error is so

__egregious__that...egregious = exceptionally bad

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## ennui

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I found D— at home, yawning, lounging, and dawdling, as usual, and pretending to be in the last extremity of

__ennui__.ennui = the feeling of being bored by something tedious

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## inevitable

1 use

Thus will he

__inevitably__commit himself, at once, to his political destruction.inevitably = with certainty that it will happen

## Definition

Generally*inevitable*means:

certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)

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## juxtaposition

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...he produces a letter somewhat similar to the one in question, opens it, pretends to read it, and then places it in close

__juxtaposition__to the other.juxtaposition = side-x-side positioning (usually to contrast)

## Definition

Generally*juxtaposition*means:

the act of positioning dissimilar things side-x-side (usually to contrast)

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## precipitate

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**(adj) as in: a precipitate decision**

His downfall, too, will not be more

__precipitate__than awkward.precipitate = sudden or fast

## Definition

Generally this sense of*precipitate*means:

acting with great haste — often without adequate thought

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## promulgate

2 uses

The mathematicians, I grant you, have done their best to

__promulgate__the popular error to which...promulgate = spread word or announce

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## purloin

5 uses

I have received personal information, from a very high quarter, that a certain document of the last importance, has been

__purloined__from the royal apartments.purloined = stolen

## Definition

Generally*purloin*means:

to steal — especially in violation of trust

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## rigorous

1 use

## 1 —1 use as in:

**we follow a rigorous procedure**

...and his person

__rigorously__searched under my own inspection.rigorously = thoroughly and carefully

## Definition

Generally this sense of*rigorous*means:

thorough and careful procedures

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## sagacious

2 uses

"...no more

__sagacious__agent could, I suppose, be desired, or even imagined."sagacious = wise

## Definition

Generally*sagacious*means:

wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness

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## spurious

1 use

This response of the schoolboy lies at the bottom of all the

__spurious__profundity which has been attributed to...spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible

(editor's note: In this context,

(editor's note: In this context,

*profundity*means "deep wisdom".)## Definition

Generally*spurious*means:

false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive

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## sufficient

4 uses

The fact is, the business is very simple indeed, and I make no doubt that we can manage it

__sufficiently__well ourselves; but then I thought Dupin would like to hear the details of it, because it is so excessively odd.sufficiently = adequately (enough — often without being more than is needed)

## Definition

Generally*sufficient*means:

adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)

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