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Invalid (n)

A person who is too sick or weak to care for himself or herself

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Careen (v)

To lean, sway, or tip to one side while in motion

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Infallible (adj)

1. Absolutely trustworthy or sure: and infallible rule
2. Unfailing in effectiveness or operation; certain: and infallible remedy

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Precarious (adj)

Exposed to or involving danger; dangerous; perilous; risky: the precarious life of an undersea diver; dependent on circumstances beyond one's control; uncertain; unstable; insecure: a precarious livelihood

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Preclude (v)

To prevent from happening, or to make impossible

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Impunity (n)

Exemption from punishment or unpleasant consequences; immunity from detrimental effects

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Paraphernalia (n)

Gear, equipment; personal belongings

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Petulant (adj)

Moved to or showing sudden, impatient irritation, especially over some trifling annoyance; irritable

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Perfunctory (adj)

1. Performed merely as a routine duty; hasty and superficial
2. Lacking interest, care, or enthusiasm; indifferent

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Contrition (n)

A feeling of regret for doing wrong

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Incredulous (adj)

Doubtful, disbelieving

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Adulation (n)

Excessive praise or flattery

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Disconsolate (adj)

Incapable of being consoled, extremely depressed or dejected

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Correlate (v)

To figure out or create a relationship between two items or events

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Paradox (n)

A statement or an event that sounds impossible but seems to be true

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Intermittent (adj)

Stopping or ceasing for a long time; alternately ceasing and beginning again

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Ebb (n; v)

(Noun) a point or condition of decline
(Verb) to decline or fade away

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Bemused (adj)

Bewildered or confused; lost in thought, preoccupied

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Engrossed (adj)

To occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb