SSAT Upper Level Verbal : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

PRONE

Possible Answers:

dark

flat

noisy

susceptible

steadfast

Correct answer:

susceptible

Explanation:

Prone means likely to suffer from something, or susceptible to something.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

IMPASSABLE

Possible Answers:

welcoming

blocked

threatening

courageous

formulaic

Correct answer:

blocked

Explanation:

Impassable means impossible to travel through, or blocked.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

MATERNAL

Possible Answers:

motherly

groundbreaking

familial

concise

fierce

Correct answer:

motherly

Explanation:

Maternal means of or relating to mothers, or motherly.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

DELETERIOUS.

Possible Answers:

Bellicose 

Enigma 

Pernicious 

Healthy 

Rudimentary

Correct answer:

Pernicious 

Explanation:

“Deleterious” means extremely harmful, which is the same meaning of the word “pernicious.” For clarification, "rudimentary" means basic; "enigma" means mystery; "bellicose" means ready for or inclined towards warfare.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

PRECARIOUS. 

Possible Answers:

Unimpressive 

Uncertain 

Preliminary

Illusory 

Perfect 

Correct answer:

Uncertain 

Explanation:

If something is “precarious,” it is uncertain or unstable,with connotations of danger. The placement of a cup on the edge of a table would be “precariously” situated. For clarification, "preliminary" means coming before something; "illusory" means not real or imaginary.

Example Question #3 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

NEFARIOUS. 

Possible Answers:

Honest

Unscrupulous

Hard-working

Discerning 

Wicked 

Correct answer:

Wicked 

Explanation:

“Nefarious” means wicked, infamous or evil. For clarification, "unscrupulous" means not restrained by moral or ethical principles; "discerning" means selective and showing good judgment.

Example Question #4 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

OLFACTORY. 

Possible Answers:

Relating to the sense of sight

Relating to the sense of taste

Relating to the sense of smell

Relating to the sense of touch

Relating to the sense of hearing

Correct answer:

Relating to the sense of smell

Explanation:

“Olfactory” means relating to the sense of smell.

Example Question #5 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

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

FATUOUS. 

Possible Answers:

Borderline 

Asinine

Irreverent 

Relevant

Unfounded 

Correct answer:

Asinine

Explanation:

“Fatuous” means unintelligent, pointless and a waste of time, which is a synonym for “asinine.” Both words are generally used to describe pointless activities or foolish ideas. For clarification, "irreverent" means disrespectful, not reverent; "unfounded" means baseless, not based on evidence.

Example Question #1 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Synonyms: find the words that match most closely.

AUTARKIC

Possible Answers:

Independent

Social

Talkative

Prevalent

Uninspired

Correct answer:

Independent

Explanation:

"Autarkic" means economically independent and is usually used to refer to a country, state, or society.

Example Question #2 : Synonyms: Other Adjectives

Choose the best synonym for the word in capital letters.

FUNCTIONAL

Possible Answers:

candid

expensive

marvelous

thoughtless

utilitarian

Correct answer:

utilitarian

Explanation:

"Functional" means useful or utilitarian.

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