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A mathematician should not automatically reject theorems

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A mathematician should not automatically reject theorems that might at first seem witless or juvenile; advanced degrees are not a license for ____(i)___, nor do they ____(ii)____ arrogance or egotism.



Blank (i) Blank (ii)
(A) haughtiness (D) sanction
(B) puerility (E) dispel
(C) substantiation (F) cultivate


[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A and D
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: A mathematician should not automatically reject theorems [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2017, 16:43
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The first part of the sentence states that mathematicians should not be dismissive of theorems that seem beneath them. Someone who does this would be snobbish, so the first blank must mean something like snobbishness. Puerility means immaturity and substantiation means proof, so neither of those is a match, while haughtiness does mean snobbishness. If the advanced degrees are not a license, that means that they do not give someone permission to do something bad such as have arrogance or egotism.

The second blank must mean something like permit. To dispel is to push away, which is almost the opposite of what you need here. To cultivate means to foster, which is not the same as permit. Sanction is the best answer because one of its standard definitions is give permission.

Hence options A and D are correct!
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