ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

FLEETING

Possible Answers:

Filthy

Blissful

Plentiful

Celestial

Short-lived

Correct answer:

Short-lived

Explanation:

"Fleeting" means temporary or short-lived, so "short-lived" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "fleeting": "blissful" means very happy or joyful; "celestial" means related to the sky or the heavens; "plentiful" means abundant; and "filthy" means very dirty or disgusting.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

ABRUPT

Possible Answers:

Ongoing

Unexpected

Tireless

Continuous

Candid

Correct answer:

Unexpected

Explanation:

Something that is "abrupt" is sudden or unexpected, so "unexpected" is the correct answer.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

Synonyms: Select the word or phrase that best matches the word in capital letters.

SPONTANEOUS

Possible Answers:

Not fair

Not over

Not recorded

Not likely

Not planned

Correct answer:

Not planned

Explanation:

Something that is "spontaneous" is not planned; happens by chance or accident. To provide further guidance, "recorded" means written down or preserved

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

PUNCTUAL

Possible Answers:

Scared

Cautious

Prudish

Prompt

Dilatory

Correct answer:

Prompt

Explanation:

"Punctual" means prompt or on time. Therefore, "prompt" is the proper synonym. 

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

ETERNAL

Possible Answers:

Never-ending

Passive

Illiterate

Jubilant

Pious

Correct answer:

Never-ending

Explanation:

"Eternal" means not having an end or lasting forever, so "never-ending" is the correct answer. None of the other answer choices are close in meaning to "eternal": "illiterate" means not having learned to read or write; "jubilant" means extremely happy and joyful; "passive"  means not active; and "pious" means very religious.

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

ARBITRARY

Possible Answers:

Pointed

Unruly

Inconsistent

Surprised

Jaded

Correct answer:

Inconsistent

Explanation:

"Arbitrary" means unreasonable or undetermined. "Inconsistent" is the best choice because it means contradictory or erratic. When something is "inconsistent," it is constantly changing and therefore cannot be determined. Considering the other choices, "surprised" means shocked or astonished, "jaded" means worn out, and "unruly" means difficult to control.

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

BRISK

Possible Answers:

Steady

Forlorn

Quick

Leisurely

Fierce

Correct answer:

Quick

Explanation:

Something that is "brisk" is best summarized as quick or fast; for example, a "brisk" wind is one that is blustering.  In terms of the other answer choices, "forlorn" means lonely; "steady" means constant; "leisurely" means laidback; and "fierce" means strong or aggressive.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

CONSTANT

Possible Answers:

Sustainable

Contiguous

Unchanging

Fallible

Ghastly

Correct answer:

Unchanging

Explanation:

“Constant” means not changing, staying the same. To provide further help, “fallible” means imperfect; “ghastly” means ghost-like or horrific; “contiguous” means sequential; “sustainable” means able to be kept going

Example Question #9 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

IMMINENT

Possible Answers:

Adverse

Sympathetic

Contrary

Logical

Impending

Correct answer:

Impending

Explanation:

"Imminent" is defined as likely to occur at any moment, and "impending" is defined as about to happen. These similar definitions make the two words synonyms. 

Example Question #10 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

ERRATIC

Possible Answers:

Rational

Irregular

Flagrant

Tacit

True

Correct answer:

Irregular

Explanation:

The word "erratic" means constantly changing or having no certain state. "Irregular" is the best choice because it has a related definition—not regularConsidering the other choices, "true" means accurately reflecting things as they are or correct, "rational" means agreeable to reason, "tacit" means understood without being said, and "flagrant" means brazen or done without care for the obviousness with which one is breaking rules.

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