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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Actually, we had told her from the start that we were willing to give her other options if she was going to refuse to live with us, and we offered her several alternatives.†
alternatives = possibilities
From page 75.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.63.1
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anecdote
2 uses
For every anecdote I remember, Brad remembers two more.†
anecdote = a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
From page 27.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 7, p.140
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conflict
4 uses
Why, when we offer them psychologists and counselors and experts on conflict resolution, are they going to youth groups and looking for friends?†
conflict = struggle or disagreement
From page 159.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
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Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.14.1
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context
2 uses
We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
From page 120.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.108.9
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contradict
1 use
Enough facts had emerged for us to know the seriousness of the situation, but the details were disjointed, contradictory, and confusing.†
contradictory = in disagreement
From page 6.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.6.1
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controversy
1 use
We're aware of the controversies surrounding the Harrises and Klebolds.†
controversies = disagreements
From page 148.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally controversy means:
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
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1st useChapter 8, p.148.5
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earnest
1 use
Looking at them now, however, with their Hi-Liter marks and underlinings and earnest handwritten notes, the impact they had on her is obvious.†
earnest = sincere or serious
From page 119.5  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.119.5
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enable
1 use
The real issue raised by Cassie's death is not what she said to her killers, but what it was that enabled her to face them as she did.†
enabled = made possible
From page 136.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.136.1
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entity
1 use
We would call Dave and say, "We know you're not a policing entity, but Cassie's begun sneaking out.†
entity = person, organization, or anything with a separate existence
From page 77.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally entity means:
a person, organization, lifeform, or anything with a separate existence
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4, p.77.9
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fickle
1 use
But emotions are a fickle thing, and even though I am certain that with prayer and time I will find the same healing he has, I struggle with feelings of loneliness and vulnerability and the temptation to despair.†
fickle = having a tendency to change suddenly — such as a person quick to change their mind, or the weather in a region where it changes rapidly
From page 37.6  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 2, p.37.6
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however
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Looking at them now, however, with their Hi-Liter marks and underlinings and earnest handwritten notes, the impact they had on her is obvious.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
From page 119.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book11 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2, p.40.5
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hypocrite
2 uses
I don't want anyone to think of me as the WBCC Hypocrite ....†
hypocrite = someone who violates claimed moral standards
From page 114.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.134.6
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innocuous
1 use
Despite the innocuous covers, the lyrics themselves often carried an unmistakable message.†
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
From page 52  Typical Usage
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.52
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intimidate
3 uses
She had this intimidating image—this don't-mess-with-me attitude.†
intimidating = making fearful
From page 101.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally intimidate means:
make fearful of inadequacy

or:

threaten
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.101.9
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martyr
9 uses
People can call Cassie a martyr, but they're off track if they think she was this righteous, holy person, and that all she did was read her Bible.†
martyr = someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles
From page 134.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.131.8
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motivation
1 use
I realize that for some of them, their motivation is lust.†
motivation = the reason for doing something; or the level of desire to do something
From page 118.7  Typical Usage
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.118.7
optimistic
1 use
I don't have the sparkling personality, amazing wit, sense of humor and energy that goes along with an optimistic attitude that people look for.†
optimistic = expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
From page 118.4  Typical Usage
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.118.4
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proportion
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
respond in proportion
Even when things are bad, He's stood next to me and things are a little less prone to becoming blown out of proportion by my emotions ....†
out of proportion = not appropriate in size, amount, or degree
From page 112.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of proportion means:
appropriate in size, amount, or degree
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.54.5
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solidarity
1 use
But I wasn't, and so my last gesture of maternal solidarity had to wait until the funeral home.†
solidarity = a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
From page 40  Typical Usage
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1st useChapter 2, p.40
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vary
1 use
There's church, school, tons of homework, my exercise routine, babysitting, and other things; it varies each week ....†
varies = differs; or changes
From page 126.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.126.1
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