KNAT Practice Test Question

KNAT Practice Test Question from KNAT Tutor Lesson: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Analogies

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KNAT Practice Test Answer Explanation

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An antonym is a word that means the opposite or close to the opposite of another word. Think of an antonym as the direct opposite of a synonym. For example, caring and apathetic are antonyms because caring means “displaying concern and kindness for others” whereas apathetic means “showing no interest or concern.”

Antonyms can fall under three categories:

Graded Antonyms:Word pairs whose meanings are opposite and lie on a spectrum or continuum; there are many other words that fall between the two words. If you look at hot and cold, there are other words on this spectrum:scalding, hot, warm, tepid, cool, cold
Relational Antonyms:Word pairs whose opposites make sense only in the context of the relationship between the two meanings. These two words could not exist without the other: open – close
Complementary Antonyms:Word pairs that have no degree of meaning at all; there are only two possibilities, one or the other:dead – alive

[Source: KNAT Tutor Lesson: Synonyms, Antonyms, and Analogies]

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