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Intricate

Very complicated

- an intricate network of canal

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Maverick

An unorthodox or independent-minded person

- he's the maverick of the senate

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Discretion

Circumspection; The quality of behaving in such a way as to avoid causing offence or revealing confidential information

The freedom to decide what should be done in a particular situation

- she knew she could rely on his discretion
-local authorities should use their discretion in setting the charges

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Delineate

Describe or portray precisely

Indicate the exact position of

- the law should delineate and prohibit behaviour which is socially abhorrent

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Proclivity

A tendency to choose or do something regularly; inclination; liking

- a proclivity for hard work

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Garrulous

Excessively talkative

- a garrulous cab driver

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Vacillation

Indecision, indecisiveness

- the prime minister's vacillation over the affairs

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Exuberant

Full of energy, excitement, and cheerfulness

Characterised by a vigorously imaginative artistic style

- a noisy bunch of exuberant youngsters
- exuberant, over-the top sculptures

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Opprobrium

Harsh criticism

Public disgrace arising from shameful conduct

- the critical opprobrium generated by his films
- the opprobrium of being closely associated with gangster

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Groundless

Not based on any good reason

- your fears are quite groundless

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Susceptible

Likely to be influenced or harmed by a particular thing

Capable or admitting of

- patients with liver disease may be susceptible to infection
- the problem is not susceptible of a simple solution

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Receptive

open-minded

Able to receive signal

- a receptive audience

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Forbearance

Patient self-control; restraint and tolerance

- his unfailing courtesy and forbearance under fear provocation

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Bombastic

Inflated; pompous

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Slippery

(A person) unpredictable;not to be relied on

(Words or concepts) elusive in meaning because changing according to one's point of view

- the word "intended" is a decidedly slippery one

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Paradigm

A typical example or pattern of something

- society's paradigm of "ideal women"

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Rhetoric

Speech or writing intended to be effective and influence people

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Elusive

Difficult it find or achieve

Difficult to remember

- success will become ever more elusive
- the elusive thought he had had moments before

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Fastidious

meticulous, concerned about accuracy and details

- she dressed with fastidious care

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Congenial

Like-minded, compatible

(things) pleasant or agreeable because suited to one's taste or inclination

- he went back to a climate more congenial to his cold stony soul
- his need for some congenial company

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Dichotomy

A division or contrast between two things that are opposed or entirely different; division;

- the rigid dichotomy between science and mysticism

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Exacting

Demanding, hard, tough

- the exacting standards laid down by the organic food industry

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Aphorism

A pithy observation containing a general truth

A concise statement

-the old aphorism "the child is father to the man"

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Censure

To express server disapproval of

Condemnation

- two MPs were singled out for censure

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Prominent

Important, famous

Projecting from something

- she was a prominent member of the city council
- a man with big, prominent eyes like a lobster's

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Sound

Healthy and reliable

- things are sound

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Pensive

Engaged in, involving or reflecting deep or serious thought

Thoughtful, reflective, contemplative

- a pensive mood

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Cynicism

An inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest

- public cynicism about politics

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Inconsistent

Conflicting with; not compatible

- he has done nothing inconsistent with his morality

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Averse

Having a strong dislike of or opposition to something

- as a former CIA director, he is not averse to secrecy