Pre-AP ELA 9 Vocab Final Exam

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equivocate

to be unclear; to be deliberately vague in order to mislead

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fortuitous

accidental; happening by chance, by accident, or at random; lucky

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impeccable

flawless; faultless; perfect

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liaison

a link; a person who serves as a connection between individuals or groups; a go-between

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predisposed

likely; tending toward or open to something beforehand

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propensity

an inclination; a natural preference or tendency

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reprehensible

shameful; deserving of blame, criticism, or disapproval

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sham

something false; a pretense or counterfeit; something meant to deceive

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solace

relief; comfort in sorry or misfortune; consolation

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solicitous

attentive; showing or expressing concern, care or attention

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sanction

to authorize, allow, or approve

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inundate

to cover, as by flooding; overwhelm with a large number or amount; A flood

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circumvent

to avoid by going around or as if by going around; to escape from, prevent, stop through cleverness

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reticent

quiet, or uncommunicative, reluctant to speak out

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robust

healthy and strong; vigorous; well

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cohesive

sticking or holding together; unified; connected

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vociferous

noisy, expressing feelings loudly and intensely

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attrition

a gradual natural decrease in number

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oblivious

unaware; failing to notice; not noticing

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grievous

causing grief or pain; very serious or severe; terrible

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tenet

a belief or principle held to be true by an individual or group

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terse

brief and clear; effectively concise

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nebulous

vague; unclear

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relegate

to assign to a less important satisfying position, place, or condition

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sedentary

marked by much sitting; requiring or taking little exercise

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depreciate

to fall or decrease in value or price; to lower the value of

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bolster

to hold up, strengthen, or reinforce; support with a rigid object

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inquisitive

curious; eager to learn

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replete

plentifully supplied; well-fitted

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autonomy

freedom from control; independence; self-government

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bureaucratic

over-regulated; insisting on strict rules and routine, often to the point of hindering effectiveness

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mandate

official permission; a group’s expressed wishes; clear signal to act; vote of confidence

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ostracize

to reject; to expel or exclude from a group; shun

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raucous

disorderly; noisy and boisterous

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recourse

a source of help, security or strength; something to turn to; options or assistance during a difficult period or situation

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reiterate

to repeat; to state again

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tantamount

just like; equal in effect or value; the same as

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tenacious

grasping strongly; holding firmly; persistent; stubborn

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utopia

a paradise; an ideal or perfect place or state; a place achieving social or political perfection

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clandestine

secret; done in secret; kept hidden

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contingency

a possibility; a possible future event that must be prepared for or guarded against

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egocentric

selfish; self-centered; seeing everything in terms of oneself

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exonerate

to be found not guilty; to clear of an accusation or charge; prove innocent

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incongruous

contradictory; out of place; having parts that are not in harmony or that are inconsistent

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indigenous

native; living, growing or produced naturally in a particular place

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liability

a handicap; something that acts as a disadvantage; a drawback

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prolific

creating abundantly; producing many works, results or offspring; fertile

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superfluous

unnecessary; beyond what is needed, wanted, or useful; extra

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indiscriminate

not chosen carefully; not based on careful selection

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