VCR PRESENTATION 5

Hannah Magraw

FILL IN THE BLANK WITH THE WORD THAT BEST FITS.

As a chemist, my brother hates _______________________ problems; he wants there to be an exact answer that used a specific measurement to everything in his life.
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THE WORD.

imponderable--adjective


unable to be measured or assessed (also answered or judged) precisely


imponderability--noun

imponderable--noun

imponderably--adverb

THE ROOTS.

pondero, ponderare, ponderavi, ponderatum-- Latin for to weigh


also incorporates the Latin root im for not or without and the Latin root able for capable of doing

THE HISTORY.

  • from Medieval Latin


  • originated between 1785-1795

SYNONYMS.

  • imperceptible


  • intangible


  • indiscernible


  • unobservable


  • indistinguishable

ANTONYMS.

  • ponderable


  • measured


  • precise


  • calculated


  • specific


  • exact


  • explicit

CHOOSE THE SENTENCE IN WHICH THE WORD IS USED INCORRECTLY.

  1. Gazing up at the night sky that warm summer's night, the stars seemed an imponderable distance away.
  2. Fashion sense is one of the imponderable human traits, there is no scale or precise measurement for good and bad taste.
  3. Measuring the chocolate chips was imponderable; there had to be exactly one and one fourth cup in the batter.
  4. Sometimes there are so many contributing factors to environmental science that the predicted impact is imponderable; scientists only have rough estimates.

NUMBER 3 IS INCORRECT BECAUSE ONE AND ONE FOURTH CUPS IS A PRECISE MEASUREMENT, THE OPPOSITE OF IMPONDERABLE.