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Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments

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Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2016, 00:07
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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


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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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Re: Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments [#permalink] New post 05 Oct 2019, 07:26
Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments, but once arriving at a conclusion, she was __________ in its defense.

The phrase "but once arriving at a conclusion" indicates a shift in the mood of the sentence - from the earlier sentiment of "being reluctant to make judgments" to its exact opposite - "she was resolute in its defense". The answer choices are intransigent and resolute.
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She was reluctant to make decision --> then the usage of "but" will change the direction of thought.
Expectation: She would be firm now.
Intransigence and resolute fits.

Hence BF is the answer.
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Re: Always circumspect, she was reluctant to make judgments [#permalink] New post 13 Dec 2019, 07:33
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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


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CIRCUMSPECT: wary and unwilling to take risks

The key word here is but.
We're told that she USUALLY doesn't like to make conclusions/judgments BUT....
The BUT tells us that the next part will be in CONTRAST to being HESITANT to make conclusions/judgments
So, we need a word that's synonymous with NOT being HESITANT to make judgments

Let's predict "UNHESITANT (to make judgments)"

Answer: B and F

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