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Problem: Which of the following alcohols is least acidic?

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The major factor that affects acidity for this set of molecules is the inductive effect. Any electronegative group that helps to pull electrons away from the conjugate is called an inductive effect.  If you can spread out that negative charge over multiple atoms, that base will be more stable. 

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Which of the following alcohols is least acidic?

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