ISEE Lower Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, and Understanding

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

CREDIBLE

Possible Answers:

Believe

Able

Sound

Astounding

Correct answer:

Sound

Explanation:

The word "credible" means believable or true. The best choice is "sound" as it means true when it is used as an adjective. "Believe" is closely related to the word "credble" but cannot be the correct choice since "believe" is a verb while "credible" is an adjective. The other choices are unrelated. When none of the answer choices seem obviously correct to you, remember to consider their secondary definitions.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ACCURATE

Possible Answers:

Incorrect

Uncertain

Precise

General

Correct answer:

Precise

Explanation:

The correct answer is "precise." "Precise" and "accurate" are synonyms because both mean exact.  The other words do not mean "accurate."

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

SKEPTICAL

Possible Answers:

Trite

Sketch

True

Suspicious

Correct answer:

Suspicious

Explanation:

The word "skeptical" means having doubt. "Suspicious" also means having doubt. Therefore, "suspicious" is the best choice, as "suspicious" and "skeptical" have the same definition. Considering the other choices, "sketch" means draw quickly, "true" means real, and "trite" means unoriginal.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

ABSURD

Possible Answers:

Practical

Ridiculous

Reasonable

Logical

Correct answer:

Ridiculous

Explanation:

The correct answer is "ridiculous."  "Absurd" and "ridiculous" both mean out of the ordinary or unusual, to the point of possibly being funny. The others words are all antonyms of "absurd."

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

CREDIBLE

Possible Answers:

Daring

Doable

Sociable

Reliable

Correct answer:

Reliable

Explanation:

"Credible" means believable or trustworthy. The best choice is "reliable" because it also means trustworthy. Considering the other choices, "doable" means able to be done, "sociable" means friendly, and "daring" means courageous. 

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the one word or phrase whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

DUBIOUS

Possible Answers:

Hasty

Doubtful

Double

Wrong

Correct answer:

Doubtful

Explanation:

The word "dubious" means doubtful or untrustworthy. The best choice is "doubtful" because it is part of the definition of "dubious." Considering the other choices, "double" means two of something, "wrong" means not correct, and "hasty" means quick.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

OBSCURE

Possible Answers:

Hide

Display

Reveal

Depict

Show

Correct answer:

Hide

Explanation:

Obscure can be used as a verb or an adjective. As an adjective, it means hard to understand; as a verb, it means to hide. To further help you, reveal means to make known; display means to show; depict means to represent.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Choose the answer that most closely matches the word in capital letters.

INCOHERENT

Possible Answers:

Unable to be happy

Unable to be employed

Unable to be understood

Unable to get married 

Unable to be killed

Correct answer:

Unable to be understood

Explanation:

"Incoherent" describes someone or something that is unable to be understood.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

PERSUASIVE

Possible Answers:

Convincing

Extraordinary

False

Weak

Correct answer:

Convincing

Explanation:

"Persuasive" is an adjective that means good at convincing others to adopt your viewpoint. So, the answer choice closest in meaning to "persuasive" is "convincing," an adjective that means capable of causing someone to believe that something is true or real. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "persuasive": "weak" means lacking power; "false" means not true; and "extraordinary" means very unusual or remarkable.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Truth, Existence, And Understanding

Synonyms: Select the word whose meaning is closest to the word in capital letters.

AUTHENTIC

Possible Answers:

Flagrant

Genuine

Fraudulent

Striated

Correct answer:

Genuine

Explanation:

If an object is "authentic," it actually is what it is supposed to be as opposed to fake. For example, if a dinosaur bone found at a dig site is found to be authentic, then it truly is a dinosaur bone and not a hoax. "Fraudulent" is clearly wrong, since it is synonymous with "fake" and therefore an antonym. "Striated" means striped and "flagrant" means conspicuous or bold, especially when referring to an offense; these words are also improper choices. Our final answer, the correct one, is "genuine," which means real or authentic.

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