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Week 11

1

equivocate

to avoid making a definite statement

On critical reading questions, I choose answers that equivocate; they use words such as could or may that make them difficult to disprove.

2

indifferent

not caring one way or the other

The old fisherman was completely indifferent to the pain and hunger he felt; his only concern was catching the enormous marlin he had hooked.

3

spontaneous

unplanned, naturally occurring

Dave is such a good musician that he can create a song spontaneously, without having to stop and think about it.

4

whimsical

subject to erratic behavior; unpredictable

Egbert rarely behaved as expected; indeed, he was a whimsical soul whose every decision was anybody’s guess.

5

inconsequential

unimportant

The cost of the meal was inconsequential to Quentin because he wasn’t paying for it.

6

superficial

concerned only with what is on the surface or obvious; shallow

The wound on his leg was only superficial, even though it looked like a deep cut.

7

tenuous

having little substance or strength; shaky; unsure, weak

Her grasp on reality is tenuous at best; she’s not even sure what year it is.

8

trivial

of little importance or significance

Alex says he doesn’t like trivia games because the knowledge they test is trivial; he prefers to spend his time learning more important things.