One Word Substitution

29 April 2020


One word substitution is an integral part of verbal section of any entrance exam or competitive examination. One word substitution is a process in which we have to use one word to replace a wordy phrase, to make the sentence structure more clear. Here we have provided variety of questions from verbal ability section on One word substitution.


Practice Questions For One Word Substitution

Q1) Of outstanding significance

A) depraved

B) introvert

C) monumental

D) none

Solution :


Q2) One living on vegetables

A) amoral

B) mortal

C) vegetarian

D) non-vegetarian

Solution :


Q3) One not concerned with right or wrong

A) mortal

B) immortal

C) amoral

D) none

Solution :


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Q4) One who caters to the low desires of others

A) panderer

B) numismatist

C) renegade

D) apostate

Solution :


Q5) A cautionary advice.

A) Censor

B) Sensor

C) Pressure

D) Warning

Solution :

The meanings of the words given in the options are as follows:

1.Censor: To forbid someone from doing something

2. Sensor: A sensitive detector

3. Pressure: Continuous physical force exerted on or against an object by something in contact with it

4. Warning: A statement or event that warns of something; a cautionary advice

Thus, the word ‘warning’ can be substituted for ‘a cautionary advice’.

Q6) To make certain that (something) will occur or be the case.

A) Assure

B) Insure

C) Ensure

D) Reassure

Solution :

The meanings of the words given in the options are as follows:

1. Assure: To promise or speak with confidence

2. Insure: Secure or protect someone against a possible unforeseen future eventuality

3. Ensure: To make sure that what is promised is fulfilled, or that something will happen

4. Reassure: To say or do something to remove the doubts and fears of (someone)Hence ‘3’ is the correct answer.

Q7) A person who has no money to pay off his debts  ???????

A) Affluent

B) Pauper

C) Rich

D) Wealthy

Solution :

'Pauper' means  'insolvent, or a person  person who has no money to pay off his debts.

Options 1, 3 and 4 all mean someone who has a lot of money

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Q8) One who speaks many languages???????

A) Polyglot

B) Linguist

C) Introvert

D) Sociopath

Solution :

The meanings of the words mentioned in the options are as follows:

Polyglot: one who knows or uses many languages. 

Linguist: one who is skilled in foreign languages; or one who studies linguistic 

Introvert: a person who is reserved or limits her feelings and thoughts to herself. 

Sociopath: a person with a personality disorder due to which she possesses an extremely anti- social (difficulty in interacting or mingling with people easy) attitude or behaviour.

Thus, ‘polyglot’ is the best fit answer.

Q9) One who is too strong to be overcome

A) Instructive

B) Irresponsible

C) Invincible

D) Insensitive

Solution :

The meanings of the words given in the options are as follows:

Instructive: useful or informativeE.G. Moral stories are believed to be instructive for kids and are supposed to inculcate positive values in them.   

Irresponsible: careless or lacking responsibility.E.G. Priya is too irresponsible and cannot be handed over such a crucial task. 

Invincible: too powerful to be defeatedE.G. Ashoka is believed to be one of the most invincible warriors as he brought many kingdoms under his control.

Insensitive: showing or feeling no concern for others.E.G. We should be careful before making any remark that could be gender insensitive.

Thus, ‘invincible’ can substitute the expression mentioned in the question. Thus, option 3 is the best fit answer.

Q10) A very poor person

A) Mercenary

B) Pessimist

C) Pedant

D) Pauper

Solution :

Mercenary: someone who works only for the sake of money neglecting ethics. 

Pessimist: one who doesn’t look at the positive or brighter side of life or a situation. 

Pedant: one who is concerned with very minor details or makes a vain display of knowledge. E.G. Miss Taylor is such a pedant that she prefers to be called a liberal feminist rather than just a feminist

Pauper: one who is poor and doesn’t have any money.

Thus, ‘pauper’ can substitute the expression given in the question.

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