SSAT Elementary Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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Example Question #1182 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

Synonyms:  Pick the synonym for the word in all capital letters.

BRILLIANT

Possible Answers:

Dependent

Competent

Slow

Intelligent

Correct answer:

Intelligent

Explanation:

If you are "brilliant," you are very smart, or intelligent. "Competent" means capable at a particular task or job. "Dependent" means reliant on something else to be complete.

Example Question #1183 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

RUTHLESS

Possible Answers:

Caring

Funny

Merciless

Compassionate

Correct answer:

Merciless

Explanation:

A ruthless person will stop at nothing to get what he wants. "Merciless," meaning without mercy, is the closest to this meaning. For example:  "Tim was ruthless when playing hockey and knocked over anyone in his way." "Compassionate" is an antonym to ruthless.

Example Question #1184 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

CRUEL

Possible Answers:

Crummy

Mean-spirited

Unusual

Brutal

Odd

Correct answer:

Brutal

Explanation:

"Cruel" and "brutal" both refer to intentional actions that cause harm to people. The other words might seem similar, but they are not as closely related as "brutal" and "cruel."

Example Question #1185 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

POLITE

Possible Answers:

Welded

Wilting

Wooden

Well-mannered

Well-known

Correct answer:

Well-mannered

Explanation:

"Polite" and "well-mannered" are closest in meaning. The other words are not at all synonymous with "polite."

Example Question #1186 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

IGNORANT

Possible Answers:

Strong

Ignitable

Powerful

Mighty

Foolish

Correct answer:

Foolish

Explanation:

"Ignorant" and "foolish" are synonymous words. They refer to someone who doesn't know things or acts in a way that seems unintelligent or uninformed. "Ignitable" means that something is flammable. Although this word looks similar to "ignorant," they are not synonyms. The other answer choices also do not have meanings similar to "ignorant."

Example Question #1187 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

GRUMPY

Possible Answers:

Furious

Hateful

Loving

Enraged

Grouchy

Correct answer:

Grouchy

Explanation:

"Hateful" and "loving" are antonyms: they mean the opposite from each other. "Furious" and "enraged" are synonymous; they refer to someone who is extremely angry. "Grumpy" and "grouchy" are synonymous. They refer to someone who is in a bad mood and who might be acting a little mean. The word "grumpy" does not mean the same thing as the words "furious" and "enraged."

Example Question #1188 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

AMIABLE 

Possible Answers:

Gratuitous

Content

Agreeable

Ornery

Dismal

Correct answer:

Agreeable

Explanation:

"Amiable" most nearly means to be agreeable or friendly. "Ornery" refers to a person who has a mean personality or demeanor, while "dismal" refers to something depressing or dreary. Both of these words have a negative connotation and are therefore not synonyms for "amiable." "Gratuitous" most nearly means excessive or unneeded and has no relation to "amiable." "Content" means a peaceful state, and has a positive connotation easily confused with "amiable." The best choice, however, is "agreeable" which is an exact synonym for "amiable." 

Example Question #1189 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

CONSIDERATE

Possible Answers:

Happy

Kind

Upset

Antisocial

Worrisome

Correct answer:

Kind

Explanation:

"Considerate" involves exercising deep thought to avoid negatively impacting other people. "Kind," which means to have a considerate and thoughtful nature, is the best synonym of "considerate."

Incorrect Answers:

"Upset" means very unhappy.

"Worrisome" means causing anxiety or concern.

"Antisocial" describes someone who does not enjoy the company of others. Generally, considerate people are not antisocial because they like to be around other people.

"Happy" involves showing pleasure for something.

Example Question #1190 : Ssat Elementary Level Verbal

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

AMBITIOUS

Possible Answers:

Rich

Lazy

Driven

Slovenly

Decadent

Correct answer:

Driven

Explanation:

"Ambitious" means showing a strong desire to succeed. "Driven," which means motivated, is the best synonym of "ambitious."

Incorrect Answers:

"Lazy" means unwilling to work or use energy. "Lazy" is an antonym of "ambitious."

"Slovenly" means messy and dirty.

"Rich" means having a lot of money.

"Decadent" means self-indulgent.

Example Question #51 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Personality Traits

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

CLEVER

Possible Answers:

Sly

Incapable

Intelligent

Wily

Classical

Correct answer:

Intelligent

Explanation:

"Clever" means quick to understand and learn new ideas. "Intelligent," which means intuitive and quick-witted, is the best synonym of "clever."

Incorrect Answers:

"Incapable" means unable to do something.

"Classical" refers to a traditional or long-standing style.

"Wily" means deceitful.

"Sly" involves having cunning and deceitful nature, and is a synonym of "wily."

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