ISEE Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for ISEE Middle Level Verbal

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Example Questions

Example Question #251 : Synonyms: Adjectives And Adverbs

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

CONSPICUOUS

Possible Answers:

Careful 

Observant

Watchful 

Prominent

Conscience

Correct answer:

Prominent

Explanation:

Conspicuous means easily noticeable, or "prominent."

Example Question #21 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

CONTRARY

Possible Answers:

Composite

Different

Similar

Contradictory

Canary

Correct answer:

Contradictory

Explanation:

"Contrary" is defined as opposite in nature. "Contradictory" is defined as asserting the opposite. Therefore, the two words are synonyms. 

Example Question #22 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

CONTRARY

Possible Answers:

Distraught

Complimentary

Constant

Opposite

Outrage

Correct answer:

Opposite

Explanation:

"Contrary" means opposite of, so "opposite" is the synonym. 

Example Question #23 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

COMPATIBLE

Possible Answers:

Poorly-expressed 

Well-matched 

Well-spoken 

Comparative

Poorly-matched 

Correct answer:

Well-matched 

Explanation:

"Compatible" means well-matched; two things that are compatible go well together. So, "well-matched" is the correct answer.

Example Question #24 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

CONGRUENT

Possible Answers:

Compatible

Hardworking

Denied

Paired

Correct answer:

Compatible

Explanation:

The word "congruent" means agreeable or compatible. The best choice is "compatible" because it shares the same definition as "congruent." Considering the other choices, "paired" means put together in a pair, "hardworking" means dedicated, and "denied" means rejected.

Example Question #25 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

OBTUSE

Possible Answers:

Unintelligent 

Obtrusive

Rude

Angry 

Correct answer:

Unintelligent 

Explanation:

"Obtuse" is an adjective that means lacking mental acuity. Someone who is "unintelligent" is not very bright, and hence lacks mental acuity. Therefore, unintelligent is the correct answer. The other answer choices, "obtrusive," "rude," and "angry" do not mean this: "obtrusive" means conspicuous or getting in the way; "rude" means impolite or crass; and "angry" means irate or mad.

Example Question #881 : Synonyms

exhilarating

Possible Answers:

tedious

interesting

thrilling

numbing

illuminating

Correct answer:

thrilling

Explanation:

"Exhilarating" is an adjective that means "making one feel very happy, animated or elated." Tedious is an antonym, it has the opposite meaning, which is boring. Illuminating and interesting both sound similar to exhilarating, but they refer to growing lighter and gaining or seeking information. And when one is happy, animated or elated, one is not usually numb, but feels everything. So "thrilling" is the best answer, as it refers to happiness and excitement. 

Example Question #521 : Identifying Synonyms

A synonym of "inveterate" is __________.

Possible Answers:

angry

pointless

incurable

ignored

marginal

Correct answer:

incurable

Explanation:

"Inveterate" is an adjective that means either "having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change," or when describing such a feeling or habit, "long-established and unlikely to change." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "unlikely to change." "Incurable," an adjective that when used of a person or behavior can mean "unable to be changed," is the answer choice closest in meaning to "inveterate," so "incurable" is the correct answer.

Example Question #522 : Identifying Synonyms

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

CONTAMINATED

Possible Answers:

Infected

Forced 

Forbidden 

Measured

Prohibited

Correct answer:

Infected

Explanation:

“Contaminated” means infected with something. To provide further help, “prohibited” and "forbidden" are synonyms and both mean banned; “forced” means made to do something; “measured,” in the context of this question, means deliberate and careful.

Example Question #523 : Identifying Synonyms

A synonym of "conventional" is __________.

Possible Answers:

moving

standard

unusual

novel

perceptive

Correct answer:

standard

Explanation:

"Conventional" is an adjective meaning "used and accepted by most people: usual or traditional," "of a kind that has been around for a long time and is considered to be usual or typical," or "common and ordinary: not unusual." So, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "usual" or "ordinary." "Novel" and "unusual" are antonyms of "conventional," so neither can be the correct answer, but "standard," when used as an adjective, means "used or accepted as normal or average." Because "standard" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "conventional," "standard" is the correct answer.

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