Flashcards in Adjectives III (Word formation) Deck (26):
sth that can be easily reached / entered / obtained / used
Opp: inaccessible, inaccessibility (n)
e.g. The northern part of the park is virtually inaccessible unless you have a four-wheel drive.
precise / correct
Opp: inaccurate, inaccuracy (n)
e.g. It is not always easy to give accurate measurements for the strength of an earthquake.
to say or show you are sorry for doing sth
e.g. Audrey was extremely apologetic for having kept us waiting so long.
debatable, may be questioned [Note: it is arguable that: it can be argued that]
e.g. Whether or not this is the way forward is arguable.
It is arguable that education leads to higher income.
always ready to disagree
e.g. I've never met anyone more argumentative than Jenny; she will tell you that black is white.
well-planned, clear and sensible
Opp: incoherent, incoherence (n)
e.g. This is a clear and coherent explanation of the workings of the internal combustion engine.
able to make quick decisions in a difficult situation
Opp: indecisive, indecision (n)
e.g. Winston Churchill's decisive policies rallied the country round him at a difficult and dangerous time.
careful in order to avoid embarrassing or offending sb
Opp: indiscreet, indiscretion (n)
e.g. Try to be as discreet as possible as he's very sensitive and easily upset.
more or higher than is necessary or reasonable
e.g. Don't you think that a 25% price increase is excessive, even allowing for inflation?
e.g. Malcolm is knowledgeable about computer hardware and will tell you everything you want to know.
clear enough to read
Opp: illegible, illegibility [(n) - not common]
e.g. I can't possibly read this; her handwriting is illegible.
reasonable / sensible
e.g. There is no logical explanation for his behaviour.
Opp: disloyal, disloyalty (n)
e.g. A loyal friend will stand by you through good and bad times.
usual / ordinary
Opp: abnormal, abnormality (n)
e.g. It's not abnormal for boys of his age to want to join the army.
sb who does what they are told to do
Opp: disobedient, disobedience (n)
e.g. Jo is a very disobedient child and refuses to do what she is told.
approved by sb in authority
e.g. This is the only official biography of the author currently on the market.
accepted or used by most people
Opp: unorthodox, unorthodoxy (n)
e.g. He always gets outstanding results, despite his unorthodox teaching methods.
likely to be true, valid
Opp: implausible, implausibility (n)
e.g. The special effects in the film were excellent but I didn't think the plot was very plausible.
with good manners, courteous
Opp: impolite, impoliteness (n)
e.g. Timothy was a polite young man with impeccable manners.
down-to-earth (for people)
effective / likely to be successful
Opp: impractical, impracticality (n)
e.g. (im)practical person / idea / plan
Banning all vehicles from the city centre is a lovely idea but I don't think it's practical at all.
Opp: imprecision (n)
e.g. This machine has brought an unprecedented degree of precision to the business of dating trees.
(to be) treated better than other people
e.g. Harry gets preferential treatment at work, with an office all to himself, just because he is the boss's nephew.
e.g. Many of the paintings lost in the fire were irreplaceable old masters.
behaving sensibly and properly
Opp: irresponsible, irresponsibility (n)
e.g. Sharon is the perfect employee; harworking and responsible.
fully grown, ready to eat (fruit, grain)
Opp: unripe, unripeness [(n) - not common]
e.g. I'm not buying these tomatoes; they're unripe.