completely honest; straightforward
Candace's candidates overwhelmed her business colleagues, who were not used to such honesty.
At this point, Kimaya's hypothesis about single-cell biorhytms is sitll conjecture: She doesn't have conclusive evidence.
The tapes were entertaining and didactic; they both amused and instructed children.
a mild, indirect, or vague term substituting for a harsh, blunt, or offensive term
"To pass away" is a common euphemism for dying.
to infer or estimate by extending or projecting known information
Seeing the wrecked bike and his daughter's skinned knees, Heath extrapolated that she had had a biking accident.
lacking cohestion or connection
Maury's sentences were so incoherent that nobody understood a word.
to imply or communicate steathily
Sean insinuated that Grace stole the arsenic, but he never came out and said it.
easily understood; clear
Our teacher provides lucid explanations of even the most difficult concepts so that we can all understand them.
the art of using language effectively and persuasively
Since they are expected to make speeches, most politicians and lawyers are well-versed in the art of rhetoric.
quickness, accuracy, and keenness of judgement or insight
Judge Ackerman's legal acumen was so well regarded that he was nicknamed the "Solomon of the South."
An adroit balloon-animal maker, Adrianna became popular at children's parties.
to find out, as through investigation or experimentation
The private investigator had long suspected my dog; before long, he ascertained that Toto was indeed the murderer.
Stewart is financially astute; he invests wisely and never falls for scams.
careful; prudent; discreet
Ned's circumspect manner makes him a wise appointment to the diplomatic corps.
to scatter widely; as in sowing seed
The news about Dave's embarrassing moment at the party disseminated quickly through the school; by the end of the day, everyone knew what had happened.
deep, extensive learning
Professor Rudy's erudition was such that she could answer any question her students put to her.
the application of scientific principles to agriculture, especially to animal breeding
After years of practicing animal husbandry, Marsha's husband was able to create a breed of dog that actually walked itself.
excessively concerned with book learning and formal rules
Pedro's pedantic tendencies prompted him to remind us constantly of all the grammatical rules we were breaking.
Persephone's perspicacious mind had solved so many cases that the popular private investagator was able to retire.
Never one fo rwild and unrealistic schemes, Matt took a pragmatic approach to research.
exhibiting unusually early intellectual aptittude or maturity
Bobby Fisher's precocious intellect made him one of the world's best chess players before he could even drive.
Before writing my thesis, I had to submit a detailed prospectus to the department for approval.
basic; elementary; in the earliest stages of development