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Vocabulary Flashcards for the New SAT (2016 Redesign)

The required vocabulary for the new SAT (2016 redesign) is much different than the required vocabulary for the current SAT (up to January 2016). For one, there are a lot less obscure words. Most of the vocabulary used on the test is commonly used in articles and other works today. Another difference on the test is that there are no strictly vocabulary questions, such as incomplete sentences. Rather, difficult vocabulary appears in the passages themselves, and questions that require a student to define a word can be answered by analyzing how the word is used in context.

A strong vocabulary remains an important tool in doing well on the SAT, since it will allow the student to understand the passages more easily.

Objective
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(adj) free of bias

Objective
Sustain
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(verb) withstand something

Sustain
Presumption
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(noun) a belief based on the fact that something is considered to be extremely reasonable or likely

Presumption
Empathetic
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(adj) the ability to identify with and understand somebody else’s feelings or difficulties

Empathetic
Dubious
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(adj) not sure about an outcome or conclusion

Dubious
Condemnation
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(noun) the expression of very strong disapproval; censure

Condemnation
Substantiate
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(v) prove or support something

Substantiate
Disparage
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(verb) to refer disapprovingly or contemptuously to somebody or something

Disparage
Catastrophic
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(adj) involving or causing sudden great damage or suffering

Catastrophic
Elaborate
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(adj) having many different parts or a lot of detail, and organized in a complicated way

Elaborate
Exploit
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(verb) to take selfish or unfair advantage of a person or situation, usually for personal gain

Exploit
Insolent
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(adj) showing an aggressive lack of respect in speech or behavior

Insolent
Provocative
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(adj) deliberately aimed at exciting or annoying people

Provocative
Prosper
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(verb) to be successful, especially financially; flourish

Prosper
Undermines
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(verb) weakens an argument or belief

Undermines
abruptness
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(noun) the quality of happening with headlong haste or without warning

abruptness
absurd
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(adj) wildly unreasonable, illogical, or inappropriate

absurd
Affluence
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(noun) the state of having a great deal of money; wealth

Affluence
Agitate
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(verb) make someone troubled or nervous

Agitate
Anomaly
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(noun) something that deviates from what is standard, normal, or expected

Anomaly
Apprehensive
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(adj) anxious or fearful that something bad or unpleasant will happen

Apprehensive
Cognition
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(noun) the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses

Cognition
Complacent
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(adj) showing smug or uncritical satisfaction with oneself or one’s achievements

Complacent
Consumption
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(noun) the using up of a resource

Consumption
Desolate
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(adj) bare, uninhabited, and deserted

Desolate
Ethical
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(adj) consistent with agreed principles of correct moral conduct

Ethical
Inhibit
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(verb) prevent something from continuing or developing

Inhibit
Monotonous
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(adj) repetitious and uninteresting

Monotonous
Nostalgia
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(noun) a yearning for the past

Nostalgia
Prohibitive
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(adj) too expensive for most people; forbidding something

Prohibitive
Unprecedented
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(adj) having no earlier equivalent

Unprecedented
Plausible
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(adj) believable

Plausible
Abstract
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(adj) thought of apart from concrete realities, specific objects, or actual instances

Abstract
Accomodate
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(v) to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige

Accomodate
Acquisition
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(n) the act of acquiring or gaining possession

Acquisition
Admonition
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(n) counsel, advice, or caution.

Admonition
Allude
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(v) to refer casually or indirectly

Allude
Ambitious
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(adj) eagerly desirous of achieving or obtaining success, power, wealth, a specific goal, etc.

Ambitious
Ambivalence
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(n) uncertainty or fluctuation, especially when caused by inability to make a choice or by a simultaneous desire to say or do two opposite or conflicting things.

Ambivalence
Ample
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(adj) fully sufficient or more than adequate for the purpose or needs; plentiful; enough

Ample
Anthropology
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(n) the science that deals with the origins, physical and cultural development, biological characteristics, and social customs and beliefs of humankind.

Anthropology
Antipathy
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(n) an object of natural aversion or habitual dislike.

Antipathy
Assertion
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(n) a positive statement or declaration, often without support or reason

Assertion
Blunt
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(adj) having an obtuse, thick, or dull edge or point; rounded; not sharp

Blunt
Brevity
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(n) shortness of time or duration; briefness

Brevity
Candor
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(n) the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness

Candor
Cease
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(v) to stop; discontinue

Cease
Colloquial
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(adj) characteristic of or appropriate to ordinary or familiar conversation rather than formal speech or writing; informal.

Colloquial
Complement
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(noun) something that completes or makes perfect

Complement
Conductive
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(adj) favorable; helpful

Conductive
Conflict
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(v) to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash (n) a fight, battle, or struggle, especially a prolonged struggle; strife.

Conflict
Consensus
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(noun) general agreement or concord; harmony.

Consensus
Construe
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(noun) to give the meaning or intention of; explain; interpret.

Construe
Consummate
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(verb) to complete (an arrangement, agreement, or the like) by a pledge or the signing of a contract

Consummate
Contingent
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(adj) dependent for existence, occurrence, character, etc., on something not yet certain; conditional (often followed by on or upon)

Contingent
Convey
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(verb) to communicate; impart; make known

Convey
Critical
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(adj) inclined to find fault or to judge with severity, often too readily.

Critical
Decline
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(verb) to withhold or deny consent to do, enter into or upon, etc.; refuse

Decline
Deference
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(noun) respectful submission or yielding to the judgment, opinion, will, etc., of another.

Deference
Deficient
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(adj) lacking some element or characteristic; defective

Deficient
Demographic
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(noun) a single vital or social statistic of a human population, as the number of births or deaths.

Demographic
Density
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(noun) the state or quality of being dense; compactness; closely set or crowded condition.

Density
Earnest
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(adj) serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous

Earnest
Egocentric
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(adj) having or regarding the self or the individual as the center of all things

Egocentric
Eloquent
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(adj) having or exercising the power of fluent, forceful, and appropriate speech

Eloquent
Empirical
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(adj) derived from or guided by experience or experiment.

Empirical
Endow
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(v) to provide with a permanent fund or source of income

Endow
Endearing
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(adj) manifesting or evoking affection

Endearing
Endure
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(verb) to bear without resistance or with patience; tolerate

Endure
Ephemeral
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(adj) lasting a very short time; short-lived; transitory

Ephemeral
Evince
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(verb) to show clearly; make evident or manifest; prove.

Evince
Exalt
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(verb) to raise in rank, honor, power, character, quality, etc.; elevate.

Exalt
Extract
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(verb) to get, pull, or draw out, usually with special effort, skill, or force.

Extract
Feasible
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(adj) capable of being done, effected, or accomplished

Feasible
Fiscal
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(adj) of or relating to financial matters in general.

Fiscal
Foreshadow
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(verb) to show or indicate beforehand; prefigure

Foreshadow
Fragmentary
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(adj) consisting of or reduced to fragments; broken; disconnected; incomplete

Fragmentary
Frankly
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(adv) in a frank manner; freely; candidly; openly; plainly.

Frankly
Freewheeling
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(adj) (of a person) moving about freely, independently, or irresponsibly.

Freewheeling
Genome
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(noun) a full set of chromosomes; all the inheritable traits of an organism.

Genome
Humble
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(adj) not proud or arrogant; modest

Humble
Hypothesis
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(noun) a proposition assumed as a premise in an argument.

Hypothesis
Ignominy
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(noun) shameful or dishonorable quality or conduct or an instance of this.

Ignominy
Immoral
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(adj) violating moral principles; not conforming to the patterns of conduct usually accepted or established as consistent with principles of personal and social ethics.

Immoral
Immunocompromised
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(adj) having an impaired or compromised immune response; immunodeficient.

Immunocompromised
Immure
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(verb) to shut in; seclude or confine.

Immure
Imprudent
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(adj) not prudent; lacking discretion; incautious; rash.

Imprudent
Inadequate
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(adj) not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.

Inadequate
Inefficacious
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(adj) not adequate or sufficient; inept or unsuitable.

Inefficacious
Infestation
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(noun) a harassing or troublesome invasion

Infestation
Intermittent
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(adj) stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again

Intermittent
Invert
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(verb) to reverse in position, order, direction, or relationship.

Invert
Invoked
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(verb) to declare to be binding or in effect

Invoked
Irksome
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(adj) annoying; irritating; exasperating; tiresome.

Irksome
Irritated
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(adj) angered, provoked, or annoyed.

Irritated
Lament
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(verb) to feel or express sorrow or regret for

Lament
Malice
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(noun) desire to inflict injury, harm, or suffering on another, either because of a hostile impulse or out of deep-seated meanness

Malice
Malleable
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(adj) adaptable or tractable

Malleable
Maternal
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(adj) of, pertaining to, having the qualities of, or befitting a mother

Maternal
Medium
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(noun) a middle state or condition; mean.

Medium
Methodical
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(adj) performed, disposed, or acting in a systematic way; systematic; orderly

Methodical
Mire
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(noun) a tract or area of wet, swampy ground; bog; marsh.

Mire
Misconception
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(noun) an erroneous conception; mistaken notion.

Misconception
Motive
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(noun) something that causes a person to act in a certain way, do a certain thing, etc.; incentive.

Motive
Mutation
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(noun) a change or alteration, as in form or nature.

Mutation
Obstinacy
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(noun) the quality or state of being obstinate; stubbornness.

Obstinacy
Optimistic
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(adj) disposed to take a favorable view of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome.

Optimistic
Paternal
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(adj) characteristic of or befitting a father; fatherly

Paternal
Perseverance
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(noun) steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

Perseverance
Perspective
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(noun) a mental view or prospect

Perspective
Pervasive
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(adj) spread throughout

Pervasive
Phenomenon
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(noun) something that is impressive or extraordinary.

Phenomenon
Pious
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(adj) characterized by a hypocritical concern with virtue or religious devotion; sanctimonious.

Pious
Poignant
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(adj) keenly distressing to the feelings

Poignant
Postulate
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(verb) to claim or assume the existence or truth of, especially as a basis for reasoning or arguing.

Postulate
Potent
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(adj) having or exercising great power or influence

Potent
Practical
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(adj) inclined toward or fitted for actual work or useful activities

Practical
Pressing
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(adj) urgent; demanding immediate attention

Pressing
Prominent
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(adj) standing out so as to be seen easily; conspicuous; particularly noticeable

Prominent
Proxy
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(noun) the agency, function, or power of a person authorized to act as the deputy or substitute for another.

Proxy
Pulpit
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(noun) a platform or raised structure in a church, from which the sermon is delivered or the service is conducted.

Pulpit
Qualification
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(noun) a circumstance or condition required by law or custom for getting, having, or exercising a right, holding an office, or the like.

Qualification
Rational

agreeable to reason; reasonable; sensible

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Rational
Refute
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(verb) to prove to be false or erroneous, as an opinion or charge.

Refute
Reluctant
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(adj) unwilling; disinclined

Reluctant
Replenish
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(verb) to make full or complete again, as by supplying what is lacking, used up, etc.

Replenish
Resignation
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(noun) a formal statement, document, etc., stating that one gives up an office, position, etc.

Resignation
Restrain
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(verb) to hold back from action; keep in check or under control; repress

Restrain
Revenue
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(noun) the return or yield from any kind of property, patent, service, etc.; income.

Revenue
Scandal
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(noun) a disgraceful or discreditable action, circumstance, etc.

Scandal
Scarce
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(adj) insufficient to satisfy the need or demand; not abundant

Scarce
Seclude
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(verb) to isolate; shut off; keep apart

Seclude
Secrete
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(verb) to discharge, generate, or release by the process of secretion.

Secrete
Sediment
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(noun) mineral or organic matter deposited by water, air, or ice.

Sediment
Skeptical
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(adj) inclined to skepticism; having an attitude of doubt

Skeptical
Sneer
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(verb) to smile, laugh, or contort the face in a manner that shows scorn or contempt

Sneer
Solemn
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(adj) grave, sober, or mirthless, as a person, the face, speech, tone, or mood

Solemn
Solicitude
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(noun) the state of being solicitous; anxiety or concern.

Solicitude
Solidarity
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(noun) union or fellowship arising from common responsibilities and interests, as between members of a group or between classes, peoples, etc.

Solidarity
Squalid
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(adj) foul and repulsive, as from lack of care or cleanliness; neglected and filthy.

Squalid
Stratosphere
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(noun) all of the earth’s atmosphere lying outside the troposphere.

Stratosphere
Subjugate
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(verb) to make submissive or subservient; enslave.

Subjugate
subordinate
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(adj) placed in or belonging to a lower order or rank.

subordinate
Sufficient
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(adj) adequate for the purpose; enough

Sufficient
Suffrage
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(noun) the right to vote, especially in a political election.

Suffrage
Sullen
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(adj) persistently and silently ill-humored; morose.

Sullen
Synthetic
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(adj) not real or genuine; artificial; feigned.

Synthetic
Temperament
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(noun) the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.

Temperament
Tentative
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(adj) unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant

Tentative
Tolerance
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(noun) a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose opinions, beliefs, practices, racial or ethnic origins, etc., differ from one’s own; freedom from bigotry.

Tolerance
Topical
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(adjective) pertaining to or dealing with matters of current or local interest

Topical
Topography
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(noun) the detailed description, especially by means of surveying, of particular localities, as cities, towns, or estates.

Topography
Trifling
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(adj) of very little importance; trivial; insignificant

Trifling
Tumult
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(noun) violent and noisy commotion or disturbance of a crowd or mob; uproar

Tumult
Underscore
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(verb) to stress; emphasize

Underscore
Unfounded
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(adj) without foundation; not based on fact, realistic considerations, or the like

Unfounded
Usher
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(noun) a person acting as an official doorkeeper, as in a courtroom or legislative chamber.

Usher
Vain
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(adj) excessively proud of or concerned about one’s own appearance, qualities, achievements, etc.; conceited

Vain
Venture
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(noun) an undertaking involving uncertainty as to the outcome, especially a risky or dangerous one

Venture
Viability
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(noun) ability to live, especially under certain conditions

Viability
Virtuous
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(adj) conforming to moral and ethical principles; morally excellent; upright

Virtuous
Withstand
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(verb) to stand or hold out against; resist or oppose, especially successfully

Withstand
Yield
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(verb) to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation

Yield
Thermodynamics
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(noun) the science concerned with the relations between heat and mechanical energy or work, and the conversion of one into the other: modern thermodynamics deals with the properties of systems for the description of which temperature is a necessary coordinate.

Thermodynamics
Homogeneous
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(adj) composed of parts or elements that are all of the same kind; not heterogeneous.

Homogeneous
Heterogeneous
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(adj) composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents.

Heterogeneous
Biodiversity
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(noun) diversity among and within plant and animal species in an environment

Biodiversity
Epidemiology
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(noun) the branch of medicine dealing with the incidence and prevalence of disease in large populations and with detection of the source and cause of epidemics of infectious disease.

Epidemiology
Exponential growth
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(noun) development at an increasingly rapid rate in proportion to the growing total number or size; a constant rate of growth applied to a continuously growing base over a period of time.

Exponential growth
Catalyst
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(noun) a person or thing that facilitates an event or change.

Catalyst
Combustion
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(noun) the act or process of burning.

Combustion
Half-life
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(noun) the time required for one half the atoms of a given amount of a radioactive substance to disintegrate.

Half-life
Polar
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(adj) of or relating to the pole of any sphere, a magnet, an electric cell, etc.

Polar
Soluble
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(adj) of or relating to the pole of any sphere, a magnet, an electric cell, etc.

Soluble
Precipitate
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(verb) to hasten the occurrence of; bring about prematurely, hastily, or suddenly.

Precipitate
Tectonics
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(noun) the science or art of assembling, shaping, or ornamenting materials in construction; the constructive arts in general.

Tectonics