SAT Essential Words

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Actuality; n.  The state of being actual or real; truly existing.

On Halloween the children were so taken by the costumes that they had a difficult time distinguishing between actuality and pretend.

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Applicable; adj.  Readily usable; practical.

Lorena was not sure that her ideas were applicable to the problem, but she offered them, nevertheless.

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Authenticity; n.  The quality or condition of being authentic, trustworthy or genuine.

Before paying the high price for the painting, the art dealer had to check the authenticity of the work.

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Bona fide; adj.  Authentic and genuine.

Among all the knockoffs in the shoe store, I found an inexpensive pair of bona fide Steve Madens.

Bona fide; adj.  Made and carried out in good faith.

The offer on the farmhouse was a bona fide agreement; the seller and buyer shook hands to secure the deal.

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Categorical; adj.  Without exception; absolute and explicit.

Nobody in the room doubted that Samuel was the categorical winner of the Lincoln-Douglas debate.

Categorical; adj.  Of or relating to categories or arrangement or order.

Sammy was so left-brained, logical, and sequential that no one was surprised when she put all her information in precise, categorical order.

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Defensible; adj.  Justifiable for accuracy.

Maria had a defensible position: There was no doubt that she would win the debate.


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Factual; adj.  Of the nature of fact; real.

Even though the book was a work of fiction, it was full of factual information about that historical era.

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Genuine; adj.  Not counterfeit, but authentic; honest and real; free from hypocrisy or dishonesty; sincere.

My uncle gave me  genuine two-dollar bill for my birthday.

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Invulnerable; adj.  Impossible to damage or enter; not able to alter the reality.

The front door seemed invulnerable; it was made of steel, and it sported seven strong locks as well.

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Legitimacy; n.  The quality of being legitimate-authentic, genuine, and according to the law.

The painting was suspect, so the legitimacy of its authenticity was questionable.

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