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Adjective. “Discreetly cautious; hesitant and vigilant about dangers and risks; slow to grant, accept, or expend”*
Example: I’m chary about making sure I lock my car door.
Noun. “1) The process of exact thinking; reasoning 2) a reasoned train of thought”
Example: I find I make the best decisions when I use a combination of intuition and ratiocination.
Intransitive verb. “1) to change into bone 2) to become hardened or conventional and opposed to change”
Transitive verb. “1) to change (as cartilage) into bone 2) to make rigidly conventional and opposed to change”
Adjective form: ossified
Example: I want to always be teachable and open to whatever life brings my way, and I hope time and age will not ossify me into stubbornly clinging to my habits and ideas.
Intransitive verb. “To speak or write verbosely and windily”
Example: I know, I know I’m guilty—I often tend to bloviate when I’m writing, especially about certain issues. 🙂
Example sentence using all four words:
Never one to demonstrate ratiocination, the ossified teacher paced in front of his class, bloviating about how the students should be more chary to put down their cell phones and gadgets sometimes and engage in “real” life.
*Definitions from Merriam-Webster