Source: Official Guide Revised GRE 1st Ed. Part 4; Set 1; #7

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The judge’s standing in the legal community

The judge’s standing in the legal community, though shaken by phony allegations of wrongdoing, emerged, at long last, . unqualified, undiminished, undecided, undamaged, unresolved, unprincipled,

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Mona Mazraani

qualified means to weaken according to the vocab cards, so I chose unqualified as the judges reputation wasn't weakened. can you explain why unqualified is NOT a better choice then undamaged?

Sep 21, 2015 • Comment

Hannah Baker, Magoosh Tutor

Hi Mona,
The key here is that we need to be able to choose two words that most nearly give the sentence the same meaning. You mentioned that "qualify" means to weaken according to the vocab flashcards, but the actual definition on the card is "to make less severe; to limit." So "unqualified", then, doesn't actually mean "not weakened" but rather "not limited." If you look up the word on Wordnik.com (which is a resource that I love!) you'll see that "unqualified" means "not modified by conditions or reservations; absolute." While this might be a reasonable possibility to complete the sentence, we don't have another word with the same meaning. Therefore, we choose "undiminished" and "undamaged" because they both indicate that the judge's standing was ultimately not harmed. Hope this helps!

Nov 2, 2015 • Reply

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Gravatar Chris Lele, Magoosh Tutor

Oct 3, 2012 • Comment

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