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buoyant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
buoyant force or market
But then the great miracle of the human species—our buoyancy—came through, and as I felt myself floating toward the surface, I twisted and turned as best I could so that the warm night air hit my nose first, and I breathed.
buoyancy = tendency to float
From page 25.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buoyant means:
tending to float or rise; or making other things float
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useb136-84, p.25.9
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coincide
1 use
What we need is a pre-prank that coincides with an attack on Kevin and his minions," she said.†
coincides = to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
From page 97.9  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useb76-0, p.97.9
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condescending
7 uses
"He has no right to condescend to us is all I'm saying," Alaska said, continuing her conversation with the Colonel.†
condescend = to treat others as inferior; or to do something considered beneath one's position or dignity
From page 42.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useb136-84, p.33.9
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context
1 use
He was the same Colonel, but in a totally different context.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
From page 92.6  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useb76-0, p.92.6
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disdain
1 use
The four of us returned to Room 43, aglow in the success of it, convinced that the Creek would never again see such a prank, and it didn't even occur to me that I might get in trouble until the Eagle opened the door to our room and stood above us, and shook his head disdainfully.†
disdainfully = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
From page 209.9  Typical Usage
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 useAfter, p.209.9
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dubious
1 use
I asked, dubious.†
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty — sometimes to indicate that something described as good is actually bad
From page 73  Typical Usage
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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useb76-0, p.73
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endeavor
3 uses
She had the kind of eyes that predisposed you to supporting her every endeavor.†
endeavor = to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
From page 19.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useb76-0, p.76.5
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epiphany
2 uses
I had an epiphany.
epiphany = sudden realization
From page 69.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useb76-0, p.69.1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Your knowledge, or lack thereof, has been established in the quizzes you've taken this semester.†
established = demonstrated
From page 215.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAfter, p.215.6
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extricate
2 uses
I made an effort not to exhale near Lara as she groggily extricated herself from the sleeping bag.†
extricated = freed or removed from constraint or difficulty
From page 123.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useb76-0, p.123.6
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haphazard
4 uses
Her library filled her bookshelves and then overflowed into waist-high stacks of books everywhere, piled haphazardly against the walls.†
haphazardly = without pattern or planning
From page 15.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useb136-84, p.15.4
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impulsive
6 uses
Maybe it hadn't meant anything to her, had been nothing more than another grand impulsivity.†
impulsivity = action without forethought; or such a tendency
From page 146.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAfter, p.146.8
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malicious
2 uses
And then he stared at me in a manner that was either serious or seriously malicious.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
From page 21.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useb136-84, p.21.9
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monopoly
3 uses
I stared at him for a moment, and then said, "I kissed her that night, and I've got a monopoly on that."†
monopoly = the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
From page 185.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAfter, p.185
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paradigm
4 uses
And when I asked Alaska, she started yelling, 'You're not going to impose the patriarchal paradigm on me.'†
paradigm = a conceptual model; or a standard example
From page 34.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useb136-84, p.34.9
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plausible
2 uses
For the first time, the Colonel's theory seemed plausible.†
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
From page 162.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAfter, p.160
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primarily
2 uses
Primarily because I towered over the rest of the players, I nearly made it onto the T-ball all-star team that year.†
primarily = mainly
From page 45.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useb136-84, p.45.5
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purport
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Her ex-husband purports that...
The dusty wooden floor creaked as I made my way to the counter, and I saw a large barrel filled with brackish water that purported to contain LIVE BAIT, but in fact contained a veritable school of dead, floating minnows.†
purported = claimed
From page 190.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of purport means:
to claim — (often said of something that is not easy to believe or is not true)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAfter, p.190.5
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relevant
1 use
"But listen—don't tell me anything that's not relevant.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 184  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useAfter, p.184
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tact
1 use
She flooded into my present, and only tact kept me from burying my face in the dirty laundry overfilling the hamper by her dresser.†
tact = the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
From page 153.9  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAfter, p.153.9
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