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Jacques was a born _____ : he would often regale those around him with stories from his fascinating childhood.
A successful space shuttle launch is _____ such a great number of factors--any of which can sabotage a lift-off--that spectators should not chafe at the slightest sign of delay.
Max was so _____ that he never could be caught in an outright lie; his duplicity worked its seductive spell through a calculated mix of half-truths and disingenuousness.
Martha was _____ those whom she had only met a few times, expressing her misgivings with folded arms and furrowed brow.
The professor began to work _____ on various research projects-though never to the point that she failed to attend to her classes, since whether she received tenure was determined not only by published research but also, to some extent, by student recommendations.
A tantalizing paradox in the field of number theory-especially for the neophyte-is that even one with little training can pose a legitimate question that can _____ a seasoned expert.
Surely more _____ than his predecessor, Malcolm nonetheless should not be expected to display unbounded magnanimity, especially to those subordinates whose actions clearly run afoul of propriety.
Despite creating the impression that his replies are ungoverned by any forethought, the mayor-even in his most seemingly impassioned moments-is plainly _____ in his responses to the media.
While the dense brush can make for tough going, the state park features a wilderness that is virtually _____ ; some will gladly trade their comfort for a chance to behold fauna few others ever have.
Notwithstanding her tendency to _____ when journalists` questions blatantly pried into her personal life, the senator always spoke directly and candidly on issues relating to her public role.
The recent spate of quality television dramas-while clearly indebted to the cinematic idiom of the 1970`s-represents a(n) _____ achievement: never before has any video medium been called on to sustain a narrative for 100 plus hours.
Despite being lionized for her uncanny ability to inhabit almost any role and, when necessary, inject it with genuine pathos, the actress, perhaps a bit too self-effacingly, chalked her success up to nothing more than a series of _____ occurrences.
While young elephants are typically given some _____ , mothers will often keep young calves in their line of vision to ensure that an adult elephant is always nearby.
Refusing to (i) [blank/ ] his vituperative words, the ambassador only further (ii) _____ members of the multinational committee.
Favoring quantity over substance, many amateur writers labor under the delusion that the more (i) _____ the sentence structure the more (ii) _____ the thought being conveyed.
In conservative scientific circles, embracing an unorthodox theory, especially one that is backed up by little empirical evidence, is tantamount to (i) _____ ; indeed, any scientist who does so may be (ii) _____ .
The public education sector typically sees an increase in enrollment during a recession, as parents are less likely to opt for costly private schools, a trend that sounds like a(n) (i) _____ for unemployed teachers. Yet what often happens during a recession is that those who are chronically unemployed (ii) _____ the education profession, thereby saturating the market with teachers and even leading longtime educators, particularly those not protected by unions, to lose their jobs.
No less incendiary amongst the populace than many other "hot button" issues of the day, "fracking"-or hydraulic fracturing of the earth`s surface to acquire gas, a practice that mostly takes place in remote parts of the country-has been (i) _____ the national dialogue come election time, perhaps because voters are typically (ii) _____ environmental problems that do not occur in their own backyards, so to speak.
Because reading on the Web entails quickly scanning and sorting through a deluge of information, many wonder if our level of engagement with the text has been (i) _____ or if the ability to read closely and carefully is one that can be (ii) _____ if we simply spend more time immersed in a book.
Because the defendant expressed very little (i) _____ for his heinous crime, the judge meted out a(n) (ii) _____ sentence.

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