SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, and Location

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Example Question #71 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

INOPPORTUNE

Possible Answers:

Insidious

Pusillanimous

Untimely

Assiduous

Enigmatic. 

Correct answer:

Untimely

Explanation:

The adjective "inopportune" means occurring at the wrong time, inappropriate for the moment, or "untimely." To provide further help, "untimely" means happening at a time deemed unfortunate or inappropriate. Additionally, "enigmatic "means mysterious, puzzling; "pusillanimous" means cowardly, not brave; "assiduous" means hard-working, meticulous, showing 'attention to detail'; "insidious" means treacherous, advancing in a deceptively slow fashion that nonetheless leads to devastating consequences.

Example Question #71 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

EPISODIC

Possible Answers:

Irresolute

Intermittent

Acclaimed

Limpid

Fallow

Correct answer:

Intermittent

Explanation:

The adjective "episodic" means occurring in episodes, occurring in a series of regularly repeating segments. So, a television show could often be described as "episodic." This definition is closest in meaning to "intermittent" which means occurring at irregular intervals, not continuous. Additionally, "fallow" means (of soil) not being used to grow crops; "irresolute" means uncertain, unsure; "acclaimed" means widely praised; "limpid" means (of a liquid) clear.

Example Question #72 : Synonyms: Adjectives Describing Time, Age, Movement, And Location

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

PRIMORDIAL

Possible Answers:

Urgent

Ancient

Dictatorial

Glossy

Palpable

Correct answer:

Ancient

Explanation:

"Primordial" is an adjective meaning prehistoric, existing at or from the beginning of time. "Ancient" is an adjective meaning belonging to the very distant past, and is an appropriate synonym.

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