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ambidextrous
1 use
He's become ambidextrous, can fight off both sides with nearly equal skill.
ambidextrous = capable of using either hand with equal ease
From page 104.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ambidextrous means:
having the ability to use either hand with equal ease
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analysis
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
psychiatrist suggested analysis
Here individual cubicles were lined up and analysts and artists toiled away on the product that General Carson would be poring over tomorrow at 0500.†
analysts = psychiatrists
From page 230.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
psychiatric treatment — (using any of many theories of the human mind that use talk therapy to understand the unconscious mind)
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.229.3
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Big Brother
1 use
Big Brother really did have all the info.†
Big Brother = (of an) organization that comprehensively spies on people
From page 158.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally Big Brother means:
a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
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cardiac
1 use
They know it's cardiac.
cardiac = heart-related
From page 114.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally cardiac means:
of or relating to the heart
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context
6 uses
Context?†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
From page 416.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.369.7
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
conventional behavior
Half your nuclear charge at one end backed by a conventional explosive and the other half of your nuke fuel at the other end.†
conventional = normal or typical
From page 371.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.371.8
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2  —1 use as in:
The Geneva Convention
You know as well as I do that the Army adheres to the Geneva Convention.†
convention = a written international agreement
From page 248.2  Typical Usage
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
"Well, I don't feel like elaborating."†
elaborating = adding details or explaining in detail
From page 148.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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1st useAll, p.148.3
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epiphany
1 use
Having an epiphany.
epiphany = sudden realization
From page 271.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally epiphany means:
a sudden realization — especially one of importance
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factor
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It was the deciding factor.
Thus he counts his mil dots, gauges angles, distance, ordnance drop, ambient temp, and wind among other factors and dials in the necessary adjustments on his scope.†
factors = things that affect a result or outcome
From page 105.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
something that affects a result or outcome
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.105.6
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlights in hair
Her hair was a tangled mess of highlighted blonde tresses.†
highlighted = with strips of hair lighter in color
From page 141.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  a strip of hair that is lighter

verb:  making strips of hair lighter
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illicit
1 use
Over the years Puller had seen just about every type of illicit drug there was.
illicit = illegal
From page 332.3  Typical Usage
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perimeter
9 uses
No perimeter guard and yet the scene was barely fourteen hours old.†
perimeter = the outer edge
From page 34.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally perimeter means:
the outer edge
The exact meaning of perimeter can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "Stay inside the defensive perimeter." — the outer edges of the area that is defended
  • "It is common on the city's perimeter." — the outer edges of the city
  • "What is the perimeter of the square?" — the sum of the length of the sides of a geometric shape
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Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.34.9
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
But he's been positively identified, so we know it's him."†
positively = with certainty
From page 19.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.19.9
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
I take that as a positive sign.†
positive = good
From page 398.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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presumption
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
presumption of innocence
Presumably.†
presumably = probably

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ably" is a combination of the suffixes "-able" and "-ly". It means in a manner that is capable of being. This is the same pattern you see in words like agreeably, favorably, and comfortably.)
From page 68.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
to think of something as true or likely, even though it is not known with certainty
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.68.9
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relevant
10 uses
Measurements had been done to all relevant landmarks and other objects in the rooms.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 62.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.62.2
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revise
1 use
She must've noted his appraisal, because she said, "I helped revise the manual on interrogation techniques, Puller, so spare yourself the embarrassment of trying to read me."†
revise = change
From page 248  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useAll, p.248
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treason
12 uses
He had not shed a tear when his brother was court-martialed for treason.†
treason = an act of betrayal
From page 16.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.13
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
He could be petty and vindictive and callous and unfair, brutal and unyielding.†
unyielding = strict, firm, or hard (not giving in, not giving way, or not giving up)

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unyielding means not and reverses the meaning of yielding. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
From page 234.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.234.9
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