ISEE Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Understanding, and Importance

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

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PRIVY

Possible Answers:

destructive

odorous

relaxing

informed

Correct answer:

informed

Explanation:

Privy means to be in on or sharing some secret knowledge, or informed.

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

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

SPURIOUS

Possible Answers:

Immediate

Annoying

Impetuous

False

Reactive

Correct answer:

False

Explanation:

The word “spurious” most generally means false or fake, often implying that the fake thing does not at first appear to be fake, though it really is. Often, one will find the word used to describe a “spurious argument” or a “spurious claim,” meaning arguments and claims that are ultimately false.

Example Question #67 : Synonyms

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

DEMONSTRATIVE

Possible Answers:

Indisputable

Languishing

Near

Participatory

Inconclusive

Correct answer:

Indisputable

Explanation:

"Demonstrative" is an adjective that can mean openly demonstrating feelings or providing conclusive proof. We need to pick out an adjective that means something like showing feelings or providing proof. "Inconclusive" cannot be the correct answer because it is an antonym of the second meaning of "demonstrative," providing conclusive proof. "Indisputable," however, is an adjective that means unable to be disputed and because it is the answer choice closest in meaning to "demonstrative," "indisputable" is the correct answer.

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

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

AFFECTED

Possible Answers:

Laconic

Equivocal

Miserly

Pretentious

Garrulous

Correct answer:

Pretentious

Explanation:

Affected means artificial or pretentious.

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

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

DUBIOUS

Possible Answers:

Fraudulent

Uncertain

Lying

Arrogant

Mendacious

Correct answer:

Uncertain

Explanation:

When used as an adjective, the word “dubious” means “doubting” or “hesitating.” It is clearly related to “dubious” as well as the word “indubitable,” which means “unable to be doubted.” It would be used in a sentence like, “Since the argument presented to him was rather weak, John remained rather dubious regarding the truth of its conclusions.” Among the options provided, “uncertain” is the closest to this sense.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Understanding, And Importance

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

CANDID

Possible Answers:

Corporal

Impartial

Caustic

Ubiquitous

Prevalent

Correct answer:

Impartial

Explanation:

"Candid" means impartial, open, or honest. "Caustic" means burning or sarcastic. "Corporal" means bodily or physical. "Prevalent" means accepted or widespread. "Ubiquitous" means ever-present or pervasive

Example Question #6 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Understanding, And Importance

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

COGNITIVE

Possible Answers:

logical

irrational

voluble

irascible

eclectic

Correct answer:

logical

Explanation:

"Cognitive" and "logical" both mean reasonable or rational. "Irrational" means illogical or senseless. "Eclectic" means comprehensive or diverse. "Irascible" means crabby or cantankerous. "Voluble" means talkative or chatty

Example Question #7 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Understanding, And Importance

Answer the following question by selecting the word that is most nearly the same in meaning as the word in capital letters.

VERITABLE

Possible Answers:

voracious

effusive

raucous

bona fide

ironic

Correct answer:

bona fide

Explanation:

"Veritable" and "bona fide" both mean authentic or actual. "Voracious" means very hungry or greedy. "Ironic" means sarcastic or caustic. "Raucous" means rowdy or rough. "Effusive" means gushing or profuse

Example Question #68 : Synonyms

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

UNWITTING

Possible Answers:

Measured

Boastful

Purposeful

Forgetful

Inadvertent

Correct answer:

Inadvertent

Explanation:

"Unwitting" is an adjective that means either "not aware of the full facts" when referring to a person, or "not done on purpose; unintentional." So, we need to pick out an adjective that means something like "not aware of the full facts" or "unintentional." "Purposeful" cannot be the correct answer, then, because "purposeful" is an antonym of "unwitting," not a synonym. "Inadvertent," however, is an adjective that means "not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning," and because it is the answer choir that is closest in meaning to "unwitting," "inadvertent" is the correct answer.

Example Question #8 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Authenticity, Understanding, And Importance

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

VERBALIZED

Possible Answers:

Conjoined

Constructed

Spoken

Declined

Conjugated

Correct answer:

Spoken

Explanation:

Although one can be said to “verbalize” his or her words when he or she writes them, the term most often is used to describe the process of speaking ideas that were heretofore unspoken. For example, you could say, “After thinking about his theory for a number of years, Paul finally decided to verbalize it, hoping that he could clarify his thoughts by speaking them.”

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