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 #902 : Synonyms

A synonym of "futile" is __________.

Possible Answers:

probable

audible

effortless

provoked

ineffective

Correct answer:

ineffective

Explanation:

"Futile" is an adjective meaning "incapable of producing any useful result" or "pointless." So, we need to pick out an answer choice that is an adjective and means something like "pointless." While both "pointless" and "effortless" end with the suffix "-less," "effortless" means "requiring no physical or mental exertion" or "achieved with admirable ease," so it cannot be the correct answer because it does not mean "pointless." "Ineffective," however, means "not effective," as you might be able to guess from the combination of the negative prefix "in-" and the word "effective." Since "ineffective" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "futile," "ineffective" is the correct answer.

Example Question #903 : Synonyms

A synonym of "labyrinthine" is __________.

Possible Answers:

careful

meticulous

convoluted

simple

tested

Correct answer:

convoluted

Explanation:

"Labyrinthine" is an adjective that means either "like a labyrinth; irregular and twisting" when describing a network, or "intricate and confusing" when describing a system. So, we need to pick out an answer choice that means something like "irregular and twisting" or "intricate and confusing." "Simple," then, cannot be the correct answer, because "simple" is an antonym of "labyrinthine," not a synonym. "Convoluted," however, is an adjective that means "extremely complex and difficult to follow" and is often used of an argument, story, or sentence. Because "convoluted" is the answer choice closest in meaning to "labyrinthine," "convoluted" is the correct answer.

Example Question #51 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

POTENT

Possible Answers:

Fragrant

Intimidating

Powerful

Noticeable

Prominent

Correct answer:

Powerful

Explanation:

"Potent" means powerful or strong, so "powerful" is the synonym. 

Example Question #905 : Synonyms

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

FUTILE

Possible Answers:

Dreaded

Hopeful 

Despair 

Useful 

Useless 

Correct answer:

Useless 

Explanation:

"Futile" means useless, meaningless, not going to be successful. To further help you, "dreaded" means feared; "despair" is a feeling of sorrow and hopelessness.

Example Question #906 : Synonyms

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

FACILE

Possible Answers:

Easy

Challenging

Energizing

Malicious

Soporific

Correct answer:

Easy

Explanation:

The word "facile" means easy, or usually, too easy. To provide further help, "soporific" means sleep-inducing, causing exhaustion; "energizing" means gives energy; "malicious" means spiteful, intending to cause harm. To provide further assistance, "soporific" and "energizing" are antonyms of one another, just like "facile" and "challenging" are antonyms of one another. Synonyms are two words that have the same meaning and antonyms are two words that have different meanings.

Example Question #907 : Synonyms

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

ANEMIC

Possible Answers:

robust

strong

erudite

feeble

eloquent

Correct answer:

feeble

Explanation:

“Anemic” means weak or feeble. The prefix a- means not or without, as evidenced in “anemic,” which means without strength, or “atheist,” which means without religion, without belief. To provide further help, “robust” means strong and reliable; “eloquent” means well-spoken; “erudite” means intelligent and well-read

Example Question #911 : Synonyms

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

ULTIMATE

Possible Answers:

Utmost

Trivial

Helpless

Worst

Correct answer:

Utmost

Explanation:

"Ultimate" is an adjective meaning maximum, farthest, or greatest. So the answer choice closest in meaning is "utmost," an adjective meaning greatest, highest, or most. Considering the other answer choices, "worst" is the antonym of "ultimate" and an adjective meaning bad or faulty, "helpless" is an adjective meaning weak or dependent, and "trivial" is an adjective meaning of very little importance.

Example Question #551 : Identifying Synonyms

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

FACILE

Possible Answers:

Abhorrent

Banal 

Simplistic

Grotesque 

Terrific 

Correct answer:

Simplistic

Explanation:

The word “facile” means very simple or easy. This is closest in meaning to “simplistic,” which means very simple. To provide further help, “abhorrent” means grotesque, horrific; “grotesque” means horrifying and repulsive; “banal” means boring or ordinary

Example Question #552 : Identifying Synonyms

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

BENIGN

Possible Answers:

Kind

Harmless

Mercy

Harsh

Correct answer:

Harmless

Explanation:

The word "benign" means harmless. The best choice is "harmless" because it is a part of the definition of "benign."

Example Question #553 : Identifying Synonyms

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

ORNATE

Possible Answers:

Plain

Empty

Decorated

Full

Correct answer:

Decorated

Explanation:

"Ornate" is an adjective that means elaborate, so the answer choice closest in meaning to "ornate" is "decorated," an adjective meaning attractive or ornamental. Considering the other answer choices, none are close in meaning to "ornate": "plain" means clear; "empty" means vacant or not containing anything; and "full" means complete or containing as much as a container can.

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