Rules for Solving Antonyms

Antonyms rules

Antonyms Rules

Take note of positively and negatively charged answer choices. It is possible to associate a negative or positive charge with almost any given word. 

Try to discern whether each word in the following list has a –

  1. positive (+)
  2. negative (-), or 
  3. neutral (=) charge.

Choose the best synonym/antonym.

Rules for Antonyms


  • The term antonym means a phrase or word which means just the opposite to the given the word or phrase in the same language.
  • According to linguistic studies, most of the English words are derived from the Latin and the Greek language.
  • Each English word contains a root or a suffix or prefix, so all we have to do is to find that root, analyze whether it is of Greek or a Latin origin and then derive the meaning out of the word.
  • And finally, find out the word which means exactly the opposite of that word.

A variety of Antonym questions can be asked in the competitive exams.

However, they have been categorized into three parts, for a better understanding of the students.

Each of which is mentioned below:

Types of Antonyms:

  1. Gradable Antonyms: Both the words lie in a continuous spectrum. eg: hard and soft.
  2. Complementary Antonyms: Over here, both the words do not lie in a continuous spectrum. eg: push and pull
  3. Relational Antonyms: Few kinds of antonyms are the ones, who make sense only when they are read together. eg: teacher and pupil

For a detailed understanding, all the above types are better explained in the tips and tricks sections, along with a supporting example.

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