Vocabulary Word Meanings: From Qualify, Quarantine to Querulous

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Qualify

verb- to limit the meaning of a previous statement; to modify

Also used as: Qualifier (noun); qualified (ad); qualifiedly (adv)

He qualified his original promise so many times; I couldn’t remember what the promise was.

Quarantine

noun- forced isolation to prevent the spread of disease

Also used as: Quarantine (verb); quarantined (adj)

The first astronauts to return from the moon were quarantined until they could be examined.

Quandary

noun- a state of confusion or doubt; dilemma

The need to make quick medical decisions for someone else can send anyone into a quandary.

Quell

verb- to calm; pacify

Her fears were quelled as soon as she saw her friends approach the campsite.

Querulous

adj- constantly complaining

Note: querulous is not related to the word query which means to question.

His critical querulous nature was hard to live with.

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