Vocabulary Enhancement Part 1

This is the first in a series of vocabulary enhancement activities. The words used in this project are taken from the 1000-word SAT suggested vocabulary list. I recommend that you listen to the podcast and over learn the sample sentences and then develop additional sentences of your own. Additionally, find ways to use the words in your everyday conversations. The words, parts of speed, definitions, and sample sentences used in the podcast are provided below.




precept (noun) – a rule establishing standards of conduct; a court order demanding payment 

Before joining any organization, a person should understand the precepts he or she is expected to follow as a member. (rules establishing standards of conduct)            

In religion, precepts are usually commands concerning moral conduct (e.g., one person should not kill another). (rules establishing standards of conduct) 

The judge issued a precept that the parents compensate the owner for the window that the child had broken. (court order demanding payment) 

forbearance (noun) – patience, willingness to wait; a refraining from the enforcement of something

Many of the mortgage companies in the United States are not demonstrating forbearance—they are very quick to foreclose on delinquent accounts. (patience, willingness to wait)

She showed great forbearance by not disciplining her son who had stolen the candy from the store. (refraining from the enforcement of something)

We thank you for your forbearance while we determine the problem with the new computer you purchased. (patience, willingness to wait)

appropriate (verb) – to take for one’s own use (especially without the owner’s permission), to acquire, to set aside

Each year, the Congress of the United States appropriates billions of dollars for the defense of the nation.   (to set aside)  

Every business owner must be vigilant concerning employees appropriating supplies and equipment. (to take for one’s own use)

In communal living situations, no one may appropriate a common use resource. (to take for one’s own use)

remonstrate (verb) – to protest, object; to resent and urge reasons in opposition

Currently, some well-off citizens of the U.S. are remonstrating against the very system that allowed them to obtain their wealth. (to protest, object)

The President does not seem to be concerned about the number of people remonstrating against his policies. (to urge reasons in opposition

College campuses are traditional locations for students to remonstrate, but these actions too often become violent. (protest, object)

mettlesome (adjective) – courageous, high-spirited

Sally was always a mettlesome person, so it was not very surprising that she joined the Marine Corp after high school. (courageous, high-spirited)

The mettlesome routine of the opening comedian caused the audience to be disappointed with the main event. (, high-spirited)

The child’s mettlesome action of putting the fire out saved the woman from certain death. (courageous, high-spirited)

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