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eccentric

/ekˈsen.trɪk/
considered by other people to be strange or unusual,sometimes in a humorous way:
eccentric behaviour / clothes * an eccentric aunt
eccentric noun:
Most people considered him a harmless eccentric.

eccentrically adverb
*Strange, suspicious and unnatural things and people
**someone who behaves in an eccentric way:
My mother is something of an eccentric.

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Clumsy

(of people and animals) moving or doing things in a very awkward way:
*I split your coffee. Sorry-that was clumsy of me. * His clumsy fingers couldn't untie the knot.
*The first mobile phones were heavy and clumsy to use, but nowadays they are much easier to handle.
*My attempts to apologize were very clumsy (= not said well).
clumsily
clumsiness

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indecisive

/ˌɪn.dɪˈsaɪ.sɪv/
unable to make decisions:
a weak and indecisive man * Some blame indecisive leadership for the party's failure at the polls.

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cheerful

happy, and showing it by the way that you behave:
You're not your usual cheerful self today. * He felt bright and cheerful and full of energy. * You're in a cheerful mood. * a cheerful, hard-working employee * a cheerful smile / voice

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Assertive

/əˈsɜː.tɪv/
Someone who is assertive behaves confidently and is not frightened to say what they want or believe.

*I've had to train myself to be more assertive at work.
*If you really want the promotion, you'll have to be more assertive.
*You should try and be more assertive. * assertive behaviour
*I've become a lot more assertive as I've got older, and will no longer put up with bad service.

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tactful

careful not to say or do anything that will annoy or upset other people:
That wasn't a very tactful thing to say! * I tried to find a tactful way of telling her the truth. * It might be more tactful if you didn't come to the wedding.

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sensible

able to make good judgements based on reason and experience rather than emotion; practical:
a sensible person / decision / precaution * I think that's a very sensible idea. * Say something sensible. * I think the sensible thing would be to take a taxi home.

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anxious

feeling worried or nervous:
He seemed anxious about the meeting. * Parents are naturally anxious for their children.

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apprehensive

worried or frightened that sth unpleasant may happen:
I was a little apprehensive about the effects of what I had said. * You have no reason to be apprehensive of the future. * She was deeply apprehensive that something might go wrong. * an apprehensive face / glance / look

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Cynical

/ˈsɪn.ɪ.kəl/
1 believing that people only do things to help themselves rather than for good or honest reasons:
Do you have to be so cynical about everything? * a cynical view / smile
2 not caring that sth might hurt other people, if there is some advantage for you:
a cynical disregard for the safety of others * a deliberate and cynical foul

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egotistical

e·go·tis·tic·al
someone who is egotistical likes to talk about how great and important they think they are
 He's the most selfish, egotistical individual I have ever met!

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gullible

/ˈgʌl.ə.bļ/
too willing to believe or accept what other people tell you and therefore easily tricked:
The advertisement is aimed at gullible young women worried about their weight.
The newspaper relies on the gullibility of its readers.

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self-conscious

Embarrassed; shy
nervous or embarrassed about your appearance or what other people think of you:
He's always been self-conscious about being so short. * She was a shy, self-conscious girl.

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Positive Qualities

assertive
charming
cheerful
self-confident
sensible
tactful
well-liked

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Negative

anxious
apprehensive
clumsy
cynical
egotistical
gullible
self-conscious

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self- ...

self-absorbed
self-assured
self-centered
self-confident
self-congratulatory
self-deprecating
self-important
self-reliant

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well- ...

well-adjusted
well-behaved
well-brought-up
well-dressed
well-educated
well-informed
well-mannered
well-rounded

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in+...

inconsiderate
insensitive
indecisive
impatient
unreliable

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bubbly

bubbly personality
full of or showing high spirits; "bright bubbly children"; "a bubbly personality"
(similar) lively

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personality

our personalities clashed
a state of conflict between persons