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Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments

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4. Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments, but once arriving at a conclusion, she was __________ in its defense.

A deferential
B intransigent
C lax
D negligent
E obsequious
F resolute

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
intransigent (Choice B) and resolute (Choice F)

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Re: Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2016, 00:08
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The key phrases that indicate how the blank for this question should be completed are: “circumspect,” “reluctant,” and “but once.” Taken together they point to completing the
blank with something that is opposite in some way to the two cited adjectives. Among the answer choices, “intransigent” and “resolute,” although not strictly synonymous,
both fit the logic of the description given here for completing the blank and create sentences that are similar in meaning. “Lax” and “negligent” are clearly similar in meaning
and would create sentences similar in meaning, but they continue the sentiment voiced in the initial clause rather than contrasting with it. “Deferential” and “obsequious” are
also similar in meaning, but their emphasis on “politeness,” while not strictly synonymous with reluctance and circumspection, like “lax” and “negligent” fail to pick up on
the expected contrast.
Thus, the correct answer is intransigent (Choice B) and resolute (Choice F).
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