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Text Completion #38-While she was unfailingly ______

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While she was unfailingly ____________ to her superiors, such slavish obedience and unquestioning sycophancy never helped her ascend beyond the role of a lackey.

A) glib
B) impertinent
C) obliging
D) obsequious
E) deferential
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Answer: (D)

’…slavish obedience…unquestioning sycophancy…’ describe the blank.

(A) to be glib is to speak in smooth manner, one which suggests insincerity on the speaker’s part
(B) impertinent means rude
(C) obliging means helpful. This word does not carry the negative connotation of the word in the blank
(D) an obsequious person is one who acts as a slave would, figuratively licking the boots of those above him or her
(E) deferential carries with a positive connotation and simply means to be respectful towards

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Re: Text Completion #38 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2015, 09:48
Would it be fair to say that the word 'unfailingly' is slightly positive, so we choose 'deferential' that is more positive than 'obsequious'. (sorry for the spelling errors and typos).
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Re: Text Completion #38 [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2015, 11:03
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mindful wrote:
Would it be fair to say that the word 'unfailingly' is slightly positive, so we choose 'deferential' that is more positive than 'obsequious'. (sorry for the spelling errors and typos).


"Unfailingly" is a positive word. However in the context of the sentence unfailingly is an adjective of a negative attribute (sycophancy). Hence we choose negative words only.
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