pick the best adjectives
SOME USEFUL ADJECTIVES FOR YOU TO LEARN
This lesson includes 12 very expressive and useful adjectives, along with short
deﬁnitions and sample sentences to illustrate their meanings.
Read this list slowly and carefully to be sure you understand the words.
If you can, think of a mnemonic to help you remember each meaning. Try to
quickly come up with a sentence that includes that word.
1. adjacent. Next to. Our school is adjacent to a skate park where
we spend afternoons.
2. concurrent. Happening at the same time. My two favorite televi-
sion shows are concurrent, so I have to TiVo one or the other
3. eclectic. Selected from a variety of sources. Our team consists of
an eclectic mix of talented and totally untalented players.
4. empirical. Based on experience or observation rather than on
ideas or beliefs. Weathermen use the empirical evidence found
in historical records to predict future storms.
5. ﬁnite. Being limited; having an end or boundaries. Environmen-
talists believe Earth’s resources are ﬁnite and must be preserved.
6. implicit. Suggested, implied, or understood; not directly stated.
The teacher’s implicit instructions were that neatness counted
as much as timeliness, but she didn’t say that exactly.
7. inherent. A natural part of something that cannot be separated
from it. Competitiveness is probably inherent in athletes.
8. intrinsic. A basic part of the nature of something or someone.
Bees are intrinsically attracted to sweet-smelling ﬂowers, and
humans seem to be intrinsically attracted to sweet-tasting foods.
9. predominant. The most common or important; most dominant.
Saving energy has become a predominant issue in countries all
over the world, not just in America.
10. preliminary. Happening before something that is more impor-
tant. The preliminary trials for the Olympics are held through-
out the world in order to select each country’s ﬁnest athletes.
11. prudent. Using careful and sensible judgment. Prudent students
start their homework early, and ﬁnish early, in order to leave
time for other more entertaining activities.
12. reluctant. Hesitant or uncertain. Hikers should not be reluctant
to admit their fears about steep paths and rocky ledges.