CHAPTER 27

WORD GROUPS IN ENGLISH

NONCHALANT (Adj.)

Meaning: Relaxed and calm in a way that shows that you are not worried about anything

Use: Gerard was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award as the best athlete of the year.

INSOUCIANT (Adj.)

Meaning: A relaxed and calm state or a feeling of not worried about anything

Use: Wandered into the meeting with complete insouciance to the fact that she was late.

COMPLACENT (Adj.)

Meaning: Satisfied with how things are and not wanting to change them

Use: Ever since Cain received his raise, he has been the most complacent person in the office and he doesn’t do as much work as he did before.

 

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INDISPENSABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Extremely important and necessary

Use: Fully aware that he was an indispensable assistant, he decided that it was high time that he be paid what he was worth.

IMPERATIVE (Adj.)

Meaning: Very important

Use: The exploding sidewalks in London make it an imperative responsibility of the city officials to solve the problem before someone is killed.

VITAL (Adj.)

Meaning: 1) Extremely important.

2) Needed by your body in order to keep living.

3) Very lively or energetic.

Use: The sciences are a vital part of the school curriculum.

 

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INVINCIBLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Impossible to defeat or overcome

Use: Proud and arrogant, they thought themselves secure and invincible.

INDOMITABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Impossible to defeat or discourage

Use: Ted’s indomitable determination made it possible for him to achieve his objectives as a medical specialist.

 

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INEXORABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not able to be stopped or changed

Use: the Inexorable rise of the left in my state is a matter of concern.

RELENTLESS (Adj.)

Meaning: Continuing without becoming weaker, less severe etc.

Use: Her relentless optimism held the team together.

UNRELENTING (Adj.)

Meaning: Continuing without becoming weaker, less severe etc.

Use: Ted’s indomitable determination made it possible for him to achieve his objectives as a medical specialist.

 

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IMPREGNABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not able to be captured by attack or very strong

Use: Until the development of the airplane as a military weapon, the fort was considered impregnable.

UNCONQUERABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not able to be conquered or defeated

Use: The unconquerable floods that have taken place in Great Britain during the winter of 2014 have caused a great loss of property and significant challenges for reconstruction in many parts of the country.

 

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INEVITABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Sure, to happen

Use: Just about every trip people go on seems to have its inevitable delays and complications.

UNAVOIDABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not able to be prevented or avoided

Use: Jim said getting home late was an unavoidable delay because of the accident that took place on the highway.

INELUCTABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Not able to be avoided or changed

Use: Utilizing a proper diet and exercise has an ineluctable superiority over an excessive eating and a “couch-potato” existence.

INESCAPABLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Impossible to deny or avoid

Use: It’ s an inescapable truth that these problems have no easy solution.

INELUDIBLE (Adj.)

Meaning: Impossible to deny or avoid

Use: Police officers have an ineludible responsibility to protect the public, and never more so than in times of natural disaster.

 

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Explanation: Inordinate (Adj.) and Exorbitant (Adj.) deviates slightly. Inordinate (or Exorbitant) (Noun) means beyond normal. For example – Exorbitant rates were charged for the phone call.

PROFUSION (Noun)

Meaning: A large amount of something

Use: Jeanette loved to take walks in the spring and enjoyed the profusion and multitudes of blossoms in the nearby park.

ABUNDANCE (Noun)

Meaning: A large amount of something

Use: Barry’s family has abundances of different homes around the world as well as all of the luxuries that can be obtained from them.

PLETHORA (Noun)

Meaning: A very large amount or number

Use: When Mr. Johnson’s secretary ordered paperclips using an online source, she evidently typed in the wrong number because instead of receiving 100 paperclips, she received a plethora of 10,000 paperclips!

PLENITUDE (Noun)

Meaning: A large number or amount of something

Use: Mark lived in a region that was blessed with a plenitude of natural resources.

GLUT (Noun)

Meaning: An excessive supply

Use: There is a glut of oil on the market.

GLUT (Verb)

Meaning: Supply to excess

Use: Nell is excessively glutting her food and, as a result, she is getting fatter every day.

MYRIAD (Noun)

Meaning: A very large number of things

Use: The Earth has a myriad of animals in its global ecological system.

MYRIAD (Adj.)

Meaning: Countless

Use: The politician was amazed by the myriad nationalities of people who were living in the city.

SURFEIT (Noun)

Meaning: An amount that is too much or more than you need

Use: Ended up with a surfeit of volunteers who simply got in each other’ sway.

CORNUCOPIA (Noun)

Meaning: An abundant supply of good things

Use: The encyclopedia salesman claimed the new edition was a veritable cornucopia of information, an inexhaustible source of knowledge for the entire family.

ARGOSY (Noun)

Meaning: 1) A large ship; especially a large merchant ship

2) A rich supply

Use: A book that is an argosy of stories and legends about the golden age of Hollywood.

COPIOUS (Adj.)

Meaning: Very large in amount or number

Use: Henry had the bad habit of eating copious amounts of food.

INORDINATE (Adj.)

Meaning: Going beyond what is usual or normal

Use: The group had more inordinate difficulties completing the project on the date that was specified by their supervisor then they had ever had in the past.

EXORBITANT (Adj.)

Meaning: Going beyond what is usual or normal

Use:  The university students complained that the tuition fees were being increased to exorbitant levels and that many of them could not make such payments.

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