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superlative
adj.
The highest; above the rest.

SUPERLATIVE builders of irrigation systems, the Pueblo peoples had much to teach seventeenth-century colonists in New Mexico
superfluous
adj.
Beyond what is required, extra.

Because it no longer serves a purpose, the appendix has become SUPERFLUOUS in human beings.
concise
adj.
Saying or writing much in few words

"Experience teaches" is a CONCISE way to say that what happens in our daily lives guides us in subsequent actions.
herbicide
n.
A substance for killing plants, especially weeds.

The HERBICIDE known as Agent Orange was used in Vietnam to kill vegetation.
precise
adj.
Clearly expressed; exact; accurate in every detail.

Sending a satellite to photograph the planet Neptune millions of miles from earth requires PRECISE calculations.
analyze
tr. v.
To look at something carefully by attention to its parts.

When doctors ANALYZE the nature of cells, they find ways to fight disease.
catalyst
n.
A force or person causing action, especially without being involved or changed by the consequences.

Mahatma Ghandi served as the CATALYST for the nonviolent political change adopted by Martin Luther King, Jr.
absolve
tr. v.
To relieve of blame or obligation; to pardon a sin.

Although we were sequestered with the culprits for questioning, our innocence ABSOLVED us from punishment.
resolute
adj.
Determined; unshakable.

RESOLUTE even though paralyzed and in a wheelchair, Ruth Rosenbaum has won Olympic medals in slalom, shot put, discus, and javelin.
resolve
tr. v.
1. To make a firm descision about.

She RESOLVED to run five miles every morning.

2. To find a solution.

The mediator RESOLVED the conflict.