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Impair

: to damage or make worse by or as if by diminishing in some material respect

Impartial

: treating all people and groups equally : not partial or biased

Implement

1 : an article serving to equip


2 : a device used in the performance of a task : tool, utensil


3 : one that serves as an instrument or tool

Incessant

: continuing or following without interruption : unceasing


synonyms see continual


in·ces·sant·ly adverb


Examples


the incessant noise from an outside repair crew was a real distraction during the test

Increment

1 : the action or process of increasing especially in quantity or value : enlargement


2 a : something gained or added


b : one of a series of regular consecutive additions


c : a minute increase in quantity


3 : the amount or degree by which something changes; especially : the amount of positive or negative change in the value of one or more of a set of variables


Examples


added another big increment to the sales total this quarter

Incursion

1 : a hostile entrance into a territory : raid


2 : an entering in or into (as an activity or undertaking)


Examples


there were incursions from the border every summer

Indifferent

1 : marked by impartiality : unbiased


2 a : that does not matter one way or the other


b : of no importance or value one way or the other


3 a : marked by no special liking for or dislike of something


b : marked by a lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern for something : apathetic


4 : being neither excessive nor inadequate : moderate


5 a : being neither good nor bad : mediocre


b : being neither right nor wrong


6 : characterized by lack of active quality : neutral


7 a : not differentiated


b : capable of development in more than one direction; especially : not yet embryologically determined

Indigenous

1 : produced, growing, living, or occurring naturally in a particular region or environment


2 : innate, inborn


synonyms see native


in·dig·e·nous·ly adverb


in·dig·e·nous·ness noun


Examples


the culture of the indigenous people of that country


the drive to create that is indigenous to humanity

Indispensable

1 : not subject to being set aside or neglected


2 : absolutely necessary : essential


in·dis·pens·abil·i·ty \-ˌspen(t)-sə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


indispensable noun


in·dis·pens·able·ness \-ˈspen(t)-sə-bəl-nəs\ noun


in·dis·pens·ably \-blē\ adverb


Examples


fully aware that he was an indispensable assistant, he decided that it was high time that he be paid what he was worth

Indistinct

: not distinct: as


a : not sharply outlined or separable : blurred


b : faint, dim


c : not clearly recognizable or understandable : uncertain


in·dis·tinct·ly \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-lē, -ˈstiŋ-klē\ adverb


in·dis·tinct·ness \-ˈstiŋ(k)t-nəs, -ˈstiŋk-nəs\ noun


Examples


managed to discern a blurry, indistinct shadow through the downpour

Induce

transitive verb


1 a : to move by persuasion or influence


b : to call forth or bring about by influence or stimulation


2 a : effect, cause


b : to cause the formation of


c : to produce (as an electric current) by induction


3 : to determine by induction; specifically : to infer from particulars


Other forms: in·duced; in·duc·ing


Examples


the medication induced labor


finally induced the eyewitness to the gangland slaying to cooperate with the police

Inept

1 : lacking in fitness or aptitude : unfit


2 : lacking sense or reason : foolish


3 : not suitable to the time, place, or occasion : inappropriate often to an absurd degree


4 : generally incompetent : bungling


synonyms see awkward


in·ept·ly \-ˈnep(t)-lē\ adverb


in·ept·ness \-nəs\ noun


Examples


a well-meaning but inept secretary who can't seem to keep the boss's appointments straight


an inept comparison between nursing-home residents and day-care children that many found offensive


an inept effort to become friends with their future son-in-law

Inexorable

: not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped : relentless


in·ex·o·ra·bil·i·ty \(ˌ)i-ˌneks-rə-ˈbi-lə-tē, -ˌnek-sə-, -ˌneg-zə-\ noun


in·ex·o·ra·ble·ness \-ˈneks-rə-bəl-nəs, -ˈnek-sə-, -ˈneg-zə-\ noun


in·ex·o·ra·bly \-blē\ adverb

Infamous

1 : having a reputation of the worst kind : notoriously evil


2 : causing or bringing infamy : disgraceful


3 : convicted of an offense bringing infamy


in·fa·mous·ly adverb


Examples


the infamous criminal who remains known only by the moniker of “Jack the Ripper”

Infinite

1 : extending indefinitely : endless


2 : immeasurably or inconceivably great or extensive : inexhaustible


3 : subject to no limitation or external determination


4 a : extending beyond, lying beyond, or being greater than any preassigned finite value however large


b : extending to infinity


c : characterized by an infinite number of elements or terms


in·fi·nite·ly adverb

Infinitesimal

: an infinitesimal quantity or variable

Ingenuous

obsolete


: ingenious

Inhabit

transitive verb


1 : to occupy as a place of settled residence or habitat : live in


2 : to be present in or occupy in any manner or form


intransitive verb


archaic : to have residence in a place : dwell


in·hab·it·able \-bə-tə-bəl\ adjective


in·hab·it·er noun

Inhibit

transitive verb


1 : to prohibit from doing something


2 a : to hold in check : restrain


b : to discourage from free or spontaneous activity especially through the operation of inner psychological or external social constraintsintransitive verb


: to cause inhibition


synonyms see forbid


in·hib·i·tive \-bə-tiv\ adjective


in·hib·i·to·ry \-bə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective


Examples


the cold inhibited her from getting much work done that morning


laws designed to inhibit the powers of the intelligence organizations


a fundamental sense of propriety should have inhibited you from making a drunken spectacle of yourself

Innate

1 : existing in, belonging to, or determined by factors present in an individual from birth : native, inborn


2 : belonging to the essential nature of something : inherent


3 : originating in or derived from the mind or the constitution of the intellect rather than from experience


in·nate·ly adverb


in·nate·ness noun


Examples


an innate athletic ability that allowed him to excel at just about any sport he tried his hand at

Innocuous

1 : producing no injury : harmless


2 : not likely to give offense or to arouse strong feelings or hostility : inoffensive, insipid


in·noc·u·ous·ly adverb


in·noc·u·ous·ness noun


Examples


those innocuous lies we must tell every day if society is to remain civil

Intricate

1 : having many complexly interrelating parts or elements : complicated


2 : difficult to resolve or analyze


synonyms see complex


in·tri·cate·ly adverb


in·tri·cate·ness noun


Examples


an intricate machine that requires some training to use it properly


an intricate hairstyle that requires far too much maintenance to suit my taste

Irate

1 : roused to ire


2 : arising from anger


irate·ly adverb


irate·ness noun


Examples


Irate viewers called the television network to complain about the show.


an irate neighbor