ASVAB Word Knowledge: Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes Drill 1, Problem 1. Which of these words is closest in meaning to incoherent?
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Word Roots, Prefixes, and Suffixes
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All right. Uh, well, it'll be awfully helpful if we know what
"coherent" means for starters.
Basically, it means "logical" or "making sense."
But what does prefix "in" mean?
Well, sometimes it means to go in a certain direction, like "inland."
But then there are words like "inflexible" and "insufficient"
and "insane." So "in" usually means "not."
And if something is "incoherent," it's
not coherent or not making sense.
Hopefully that makes sense.
So let's look at the answers. A - lucid.
Well, lucid means clear or easy to understand,
which is the exact opposite of what we're looking for.
D - resistant. Well, resistant means not wanting to do something.
Yeah. [ chuckles ] C - sleepy.
You might not make very much sense when you're tired, but
this one feels kind of random.
So try B - disjointed. Mm.
Well, here we can guess that
"join" means to come together, and the prefix
"dis" (in words like "dislike and "disappear")
"dis" means not.
So the correct answer is B - disjointed,
which means not really following a clear pattern.
Just like Taylor Swift's dating history.
Yeah? Remember her? Really tall. Blonde.
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