Advanced Vocabulary List 17

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(noun) a confusing problem or question

For some hot dog aficionados, why there are many different varieties of mustard but relatively few varieties of ketchup is a conundrum to ponder.

(verb) to make use of, take advantage of (unfairly profit from)

The policy of some corporations is to hire employees right out of school in order to exploit their eagerness and enthusiasm.

(adjective) easily persuaded to believe something

Max is so gullible. He believed me when I told him that I was running for president of the US.

(adjective) perfect, flawless

Max is a person of impeccable character.

(noun) a strong habitual fondness for something

Max has a penchant for coffee and doughnuts.

(adjective) believable, possible

It doesn't seem plausible that your dog actually ate your homework.

(verb) to look over or inspect closely

When you sign the mortgage papers, be sure to scrutinize the fine print.


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