ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, and Variety

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Example Question #41 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

LULLING

Possible Answers:

Sleepy

Languid

Foolish

Babbling

Soothing

Correct answer:

Soothing

Explanation:

Something that is "lulling" is soothing. A "lull" is a quiet time. For instance, at a restaurant, there can be a "lull" when patrons stop coming—giving the workers a quiet time to recover. Now, a "lulling" voice can put someone to sleep, but this does not mean that something that is "lulling" is itself sleepy. The basic synonym for "lull" that works best is just the simple word "soothing."

Example Question #42 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

ROBUST

Possible Answers:

Rotund

Cooperative

Fragile

Hearty

Belligerent

Correct answer:

Hearty

Explanation:

"Robust" is an adjective meaning hearty or powerful. For example: "The extremely spicy ingredients caused the sauce to have a ROBUST taste and aroma."

"Fragile" is an antonym to "robust." "Rotund" is an adjective describing an object with a round shape or a corpulent person. "Belligerent" is an adjective used to describe a person who is aggressive or unpleasant.

Example Question #43 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

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

RIGOROUS

Possible Answers:

Captured

Smooth

Straight

Talentless

Difficult

Correct answer:

Difficult

Explanation:

"Rigorous" is an adjective describing something very difficult, thorough, or demanding. For example: "The RIGOROUS course of study caused many students to either fail or quit."

"Talentless" is an adjective used to describe someone who is without skill at a given task. "Straight" is a concrete adjective using to describe a specific, linear directionality of a movement or the shape or arrangement of an object or objects. 

Example Question #44 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

ABRASIVE

Possible Answers:

Coarse

Smooth

Ugly

Clean

Sticky

Correct answer:

Coarse

Explanation:

An "abrasive" is something scratchy and is usually used to help smooth an object or clean something. Sandpaper is abrasive as are the scratchy sides of sponges used to clean dishes. "Smooth" is an antonym to "abrasive." "Clean" means free of dirt. "Sticky" is an adjective describing a gummy or adhesive texture. "Ugly" is an adjective describing an unsightly person or object.

Example Question #45 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SURGICAL

Possible Answers:

Precise

Wasteful

Random

Surprising

Inaccurate

Correct answer:

Precise

Explanation:

"Surgical" means precise, accurate. If you think about the fact that a "surgeon" needs to be precise and accurate to do their job this makes a lot of sense. 

Example Question #46 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

MEAN

Possible Answers:

Abundant

Forthright

Supreme

Average

Polarizing

Correct answer:

Average

Explanation:

"Mean" can have many different meanings, but when used as an adjective in a mathematical or statistical sense it means average. To provide further help, "forthright" means honest; "supreme" means best, greatest; "polarizing" means divisive, causing radically different opinions; "abundant" means existing in large quantities.

Example Question #47 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

PETTY

Possible Answers:

Insignificant

Unbelievable

Incredible

Indelible

Untimely

Correct answer:

Insignificant

Explanation:

"Petty" means trivial, minor, insignificant. To provide further help, "incredible" means amazing and "unbelievable" means not believable. Interestingly "credible" means "believable." Here we can see how words change and evolve over time, when once "incredible" meant simply not believable, now it means something closer to amazing because it is barely believable. Additionally, "indelible" means a mark that cannot be removed; "untimely" means happening at the wrong time, happening too soon

Example Question #48 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SHODDY

Possible Answers:

Superior

Mediocre

Inferior

Exemplary

Unusual

Correct answer:

Inferior

Explanation:

Something that is described as "shoddy" is poorly made, of inferior quality. "Inferior" means not as good as, worse. To provide further help, "superior" means better than; "mediocre" means average in a bad way; "exemplary" means perfect, flawless, a perfect example of

Example Question #49 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

SOPHISTICATED

Possible Answers:

Standard

Unusual

Advanced

Crude

Intermediate

Correct answer:

Advanced

Explanation:

"Sophisticated" is an adjective that can be used to describe either machinery, technology, or people. It means advanced, modern, not crude. To provide further help, "crude" means basic, lacking detail and sophistication; "unusual" means not normal; "standard" means normal, common; "intermediate" means middle, mid-way, transitional.

Example Question #50 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Quality, Quantity, And Variety

Select the answer choice that is closest in meaning to the word in capital letters.

EXEMPLARY

Possible Answers:

Overwhelming

Legal

Famous

Amazing

Ideal

Correct answer:

Ideal

Explanation:

Whenever something is "exemplary," it is excellent. Indeed, the word itself can help us understand its meaning. An "exemplary" thing sets a very good example in some particular way. Thus, such a thing or person provides an "ideal." For example, an exemplary student is someone who is an ideal student whom others should imitate.

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