GMAT Vocab#4 – 213 Words

imputation

the attribution to a source or cause

inadvertent

happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

inanimate

not endowed with life

inarticulate

without or deprived of the use of speech or words

inaudible

impossible to hear; imperceptible by the ear

incessant

uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing

inchoate

only partly in existence; imperfectly formed

incidental

minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature

incisive

demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions

inclined

at an angle to the horizontal or vertical position

incognito

without revealing one’s identity

incoherent

without logical or meaningful connection

incommodious

uncomfortably or inconveniently small

incompatible

not in harmonious or agreeable combination

incompetence

lack of physical or intellectual ability or qualifications

inconclusive

not putting an end to doubt or question

incorporeal

without material form or substance

incorrigible

impervious to correction by punishment

incredulous

not disposed or willing to believe; unbelieving

inculcate

teach and impress by frequent repetitions or admonitions

incursion

the act of entering some territory or domain

indelible

not able to be removed or erased

indemnify

secure against future loss, damage, or liability

indict

accuse formally of a crime

indifferent

marked by a lack of interest

indigence

a state of extreme poverty or destitution

indigenous

originating where it is found

indignant

angered at something unjust or wrong

indolent

disinclined to work or exertion

indomitable

impossible to subdue

indubitably

in a manner or to a degree that could not be doubted

indulgent

given to yielding to the wishes of someone

ineluctable

impossible to avoid or evade

inept

generally incompetent and ineffectual

inert

unable to move or resist motion

inevitable

incapable of being avoided or prevented

infamous

known widely and usually unfavorably

infamy

a state of extreme dishonor

infer

conclude by reasoning

ingenious

showing inventiveness and skill

ingenue

an artless innocent young girl

ingenuous

lacking in sophistication or worldliness

ingratiate

gain favor with somebody by deliberate efforts

inherent

existing as an essential constituent or characteristic

inimical

not friendly

iniquitous

characterized by injustice or wickedness

initiate

set in motion, start an event or prepare the way for

innate

present at birth but not necessarily hereditary

innocuous

not injurious to physical or mental health

innovate

bring something new to an environment

innuendo

an indirect and usually malicious implication

inquisitive

given to questioning

insinuate

suggest in an indirect or covert way; give to understand

insipid

lacking interest or significance or impact

insolvent

unable to meet or discharge financial obligations

instigate

provoke or stir up

insubordinate

not submissive to authority

insular

relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island

insularity

the state of being isolated or detached

intangible

incapable of being perceived by the senses, especially touch

intercede

act between parties with a view to reconciling differences

intermittent

stopping and starting at irregular intervals

intractable

difficult to manage or mold

intransigent

impervious to pleas, persuasion, requests, or reason

intrepid

invulnerable to fear or intimidation

inundate

fill or cover completely, usually with water

inured

made tough by habitual exposure

inveterate

habitual

invoke

request earnestly; ask for aid or protection

iota

a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

irascible

quickly aroused to anger

ironic

displaying incongruity between what is expected and what is

irrational

not consistent with or using reason

irreparable

impossible to rectify or amend

irreproachable

free of guilt; not subject to blame

itinerary

an established line of travel or access

jaded

exhausted

jargon

technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject

jeopardy

a source of danger

jester

a clown employed to entertain a king or nobleman

jettison

throw away, of something encumbering

jocund

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

jollity

feeling jovial and full of good humor

jovial

full of or showing high-spirited merriment

judicious

marked by the exercise of good judgment in practical matters

juncture

the shape or manner in which things come together

juxtapose

place side by side

ken

range of what one can know or understand

kindle

catch fire

kinship

relatedness or connection by blood or marriage or adoption

kith

your friends and acquaintances

knead

use the hands to mix and work something into a uniform mass

knotty

tangled in snarls

labyrinth

complex system of paths in which it is easy to get lost

lacerate

cut or tear irregularly

laconic

brief and to the point

laggard

someone who takes more time than necessary

lambaste

censure severely or angrily

lambent

softly bright or radiant

lament

a cry of sorrow and grief

languid

lacking spirit or liveliness

larceny

the act of taking something from someone unlawfully

lascivious

driven by lust

lassitude

a feeling of lack of interest or energy

latency

the state of being not yet evident or active

laud

praise, glorify, or honor

lax

without rigor or strictness

lethargic

deficient in alertness or activity

levee

an embankment built to prevent a river from overflowing

levity

a manner lacking seriousness

lewd

suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

liaison

a means of communication between groups

liberalism

a political orientation favoring social progress by reform

libertine

unrestrained by convention or morality

licentious

lacking moral discipline

limber

easily bent

lithe

moving and bending with ease

livid

furiously angry

loiter

linger, remain, or wait around for no apparent reason

loquacious

full of trivial conversation

lucent

softly bright or radiant

lucid

transparently clear; easily understandable

lucrative

producing a sizeable profit

lugubrious

excessively mournful

luminous

softly bright or radiant

lunge

the act of moving forward suddenly

lurid

glaringly vivid and graphic; marked by sensationalism

lustrous

reflecting light

luxuriant

produced or growing in extreme abundance

macerate

soften and cause to disintegrate as a result

maculate

morally blemished; stained or impure

magnanimity

nobility and generosity of spirit

malediction

the act of calling down a curse that invokes evil

malefactor

someone who has committed a crime

malevolent

wishing or appearing to wish evil to others

malicious

having the nature of threatening evil

malign

speak unfavorably about

malinger

avoid responsibilities and duties

malleable

capable of being shaped or bent

mandate

a document giving an official instruction or command

manifest

clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment

mar

render imperfect

marauder

someone who attacks in search of booty

materialism

a desire for wealth and possessions

maudlin

effusively or insincerely emotional

maverick

someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

meander

move or cause to move in a sinuous or circular course

melancholy

a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed

mellifluous

pleasing to the ear

melodious

having a musical sound; especially a pleasing tune

menagerie

a collection of live animals for study or display

mendacious

given to lying

mentor

a wise and trusted guide and advisor

mercenary

a person hired to fight for another country than their own

mercurial

liable to sudden unpredictable change

meretricious

tastelessly showy

mesmerize

attract strongly, as if with a magnet

metamorphosis

striking change in appearance or character or circumstances

meticulous

marked by precise accordance with details

mettle

the courage to carry on

mien

a person’s appearance, manner, or demeanor

mimicry

imitative behavior

minatory

threatening or foreshadowing evil or tragic developments

minute

a unit of time equal to 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour

mire

a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot

misanthrope

someone who dislikes people in general

miscreant

a person without moral scruples

miser

a stingy hoarder of money and possessions

mite

small arachnid infesting animals or plants or stored foods

mitigate

lessen or to try to lessen the seriousness or extent of

modulate

fix or adjust the time, amount, degree, or rate of

mollify

cause to be more favorably inclined

molten

reduced to liquid form by heating

moot

of no legal significance, as having been previously decided

mordant

harshly ironic or sinister

morose

showing a brooding ill humor

motif

a recurrent element in a literary or artistic work

motility

ability to move spontaneously and independently

mundane

found in the ordinary course of events

munificent

very generous

muse

reflect deeply on a subject

nascent

being born or beginning

nautical

relating to ships or navigation

nebulous

lacking definite form or limits

nefarious

extremely wicked

negligence

failure to act with the prudence of a reasonable person

nemesis

something causing misery or death

neologism

a newly invented word or phrase

neophyte

any new participant in some activity

nettle

plant having stinging hairs that cause skin irritation

neutral

having no personal preference

nexus

the means of connection between things linked in series

noisome

causing or able to cause nausea

nostalgic

unhappy about being away and longing for familiar things

nostrum

patent medicine whose efficacy is questionable

notorious

known widely and usually unfavorably

novel

an extended fictional work in prose

noxious

injurious to physical or mental health

nugatory

of no real value

nullify

declare invalid

oaf

an awkward, clumsy, or stupid person

obdurate

stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing

obeisance

bending the head or body in reverence or submission

obfuscate

make obscure or unclear

objective

the goal intended to be attained

obligatory

required by compulsion or convention

obliterate

remove completely from recognition or memory

obloquy

state of disgrace resulting from public abuse

obscure

not clearly understood or expressed

obsequious

attempting to win favor from influential people by flattery

obsolete

no longer in use

obstinate

marked by tenacious unwillingness to yield

obtrude

push to thrust outward
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