SSAT Middle Level Verbal : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

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Example Questions

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

CONTORT

Possible Answers:

Twist

Increase

Befriend

Construct

Conversate

Correct answer:

Twist

Explanation:

"Twist" is the best answer choice. "Contort" means to twist, bend, or draw out of shape

Example Question #31 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

INFUSE

Possible Answers:

Accelerate

Release

Insult

Inject

Merge

Correct answer:

Inject

Explanation:

"Infuse" means to inject, so "inject" is the correct answer. You may have been able to associate the two words based on their shared "in-" prefix, which in each does not function as a negative prefix but instead means inward.

Example Question #32 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

POSTERITY

Possible Answers:

Ancestors

Future generations 

Acumen

Possibility 

Fables

Correct answer:

Future generations 

Explanation:

Something that is preserved for "posterity" is preserved for future generations to enjoy, so "future generations" is the correct answer. For clarification, "ancestors" are forefathers or, more generally, the people who came before us, and "acumen" means insight or shrewdness.

Example Question #33 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

INCOMPETENT

Possible Answers:

Appropriate

Inept

Inappropriate 

Useful

Formulaic

Correct answer:

Inept

Explanation:

"Incompetent" means incapable of doing something, so "inept," a word which means unskilled, is the correct answer. For clarification, "formulaic" means trite or following a standard format, "useful" means practical, "appropriate" means suitable, and "inappropriate" means improper.

Example Question #34 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

CONSENSUS

Possible Answers:

Accord 

Control

Candor

Adversity 

Adept 

Correct answer:

Accord 

Explanation:

"Consensus" means a unanimous agreement or an accord, so "accord" is the correct answer. For clarification, "unanimous" means concordant and specifically refers to a situation in which all parties agree to something; "adversity" means hardships or difficulties that need to be overcome, "adept" means skilled, "candor" means honesty or frankness, and "control" means dominance.

Example Question #35 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

DISTASTEFUL

Possible Answers:

Unpleasant

Agreeable

Well-mannered

Praiseworthy

Excessive

Correct answer:

Unpleasant

Explanation:

"Distasteful" means unpleasant. "Agreeable" means pleasant, so it is an antonym, not a synonym, of "civil," and cannot be the correct answer. None of the other answers are close in meaning to "distasteful": "praiseworthy" means of high quality or worthy of praise or worrisome, "well-mannered" means having good manners or politeand "excessive" means more than is necessary or too much.

Example Question #36 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

DISSATISFIED

Possible Answers:

Unhappy

Pleased

Respectable

Grateful

Joyful

Correct answer:

Unhappy

Explanation:

One can infer that "dissatisfiedmeans not satisfied because it is a combination of the negative prefix "dis-", which means not, and the word "satisfied." "Unhappy" is the answer choice that is closest in meaning to "dissatisfied," so "unhappy" is the correct answer.

Example Question #1201 : Synonyms

Synonyms: choose the answer with the meaning closest to the word in question.

Recall

Possible Answers:

to research

to begin

to direct

to disturb

to remember

Correct answer:

to remember

Explanation:

"Recall" means to remember.

Example Question #37 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

INTERPOSE

Possible Answers:

Douse 

Abduct 

Cliché

Commodious 

Interrupt

Correct answer:

Interrupt

Explanation:

The prefix inter- means between, and the word “interpose” means to put between, to interject into a conversation. This is closest in meaning to “interrupt,” which you will notice has the same prefix. To provide further help, “abduct” means kidnap, take; a “cliché” is something likely true, but well-established and unoriginal; “douse” means cover in water; “commodious” means roomy, spacious

Example Question #38 : Synonyms: Prefixes

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

EXTRAJUDICIAL

Possible Answers:

Outside the law

Outside conventional science

Dismissal from the court

Outside the country

Changes to the Constitution

Correct answer:

Outside the law

Explanation:

“Judicial” means related to law or legal matters, and the prefix extra- means beyond, outside of, so “extrajudicial” means beyond the law, or outside the law. To provide further help, “conventional” means ordinary; the “constitution” is the written down set of founding laws and principles for a country; “dismissal” means removal

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