ACT Reading 2.9 Social Science Passage
ACT Reading 2.9 Social Science Passage. Based on its context in the passage, which of the following would be the best synonym for the word "transitory"?
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The gist of what Ferri is saying here is that a lot of previous methods of trying to rehabilitate
criminals haven't worked so well, because ex-cons often relapse.
So with the word "transitory," he's trying to get across the idea that these rehabilitations...
don't last too long.
Another clue about the meaning of "transitory" is the prefix "trans," which means "to change or go across something"
Other words where it has a similar meaning include "transition" and "transfer."
So we know we're looking for a definition for "transitory" that seems like it's
in the same family as these other "trans" words.
"Flawed" kind of makes sense in the context, because Ferri is pointing out a big time flaw
in the criminal justice system.
But ultimately it doesn't fit with the specific point Ferri is trying to make.
So, Choice (C) is a no.
Relapsed criminals running around everywhere is definitely "risky."
But we can eliminate choice (D) for same reasons as (C).
(A) is a cut for sure. "Permanent" doesn't make sense in the context, and it gets across
the opposite idea of most "trans" words.
"Temporary" fits the bill. It lives in the same world of many "trans" words...
...which often describe something that's only a certain way for a brief amount of time...
...and it also helps to describe the short-lived rehabilitations of many criminals.
Maybe "criminals" isn't a PC term. Maybe we should call them "legally challenged" instead.