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- Catastrophic (adjective) — विपत्तिपूर्ण
Definition: extremely unfortunate or unsuccessful.
Synonyms: disastrous, calamitous, cataclysmic, ruinous, tragic, fatal, dire, awful, terrible, dreadful
Antonyms: positive, beneficial, useful, helpful, favorable, advantageous, valuable
Usage: This is a catastrophic mismanagement of the economy
- Expediency (noun) — इष्टसिद्धि
Definition: the quality of being convenient and practical despite possibly being improper or immoral; convenience.
Synonyms: convenience, advantage, advantageousness, usefulness, utility, benefit, profitability, profit, gain, gainfulness, effectiveness
Antonyms: moral, inconvenient, difficult, complicated, disadvantage
Usage: It was an act of political expediency
- Fragile (adjective) — नाज़ुक
Definition: easily destroyed or threatened.
Synonyms: tenuous, easily broken, easily destroyed, easily threatened, vulnerable, perilous, flimsy, shaky, rocky, risky, unreliable
Antonyms: strong, unshakable, stable, definite, unbreakable, reliable
Usage: You have a fragile grip on reality.
- Contentious (adjective) — विवादास्पद
Definition: causing or likely to cause an argument; controversial.
Synonyms: controversial, disputable, debatable, disputed, contended, open to question/debate, moot, vexed
Antonyms: agreeable, safe, pleasant, appealing, engaging, pleasurable, satisfying, delightful
Usage: He was careful not to discuss contentious topics during the meet.
- Incompatible (adjective) — असंगत
Definition: (of two things) so different in nature as to be incapable of coexisting.
Synonyms: irreconcilable, conflicting, opposed, opposite, contradictory, antagonistic, antipathetic
Antonyms: compatible, coexisting, suited, well-matched, consistent, similar
Usage: They felt that the laws that were present abroad were simply incompatible with our culture.
- Protracted (adjective) — दीर्घकालिक
Definition: lasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.
Synonyms: long lasting, continual, lasting, consistent, sustainable, enduring, lifelong, progressing
Antonyms: short-lived, interrupted, inconsistent, disrupted, stopped
Usage: They ended up in a protracted and bitter dispute
- Elusive (adjective) — मायावी
Definition: difficult to find, catch, or achieve.
Synonyms: evasive, slippery, fickle, shifty, ambiguous, equivocal, equivocating, indefinite, non-committal
Antonyms: known, found, caught, direct, frank, seize, hold
Usage: he tried to reach her by telephone, but she continued to be elusive
- Deferred (verb) – विलम्बित करना
Definition: put off (an action or event) to a later time; postpone.
Synonyms: postpone, put off, adjourn, delay, hold over/off, put back, carry over, backlog, incomplete, delay
Antonyms: complete, prepone, finished, do ahead, plan ahead, advance
Usage: they deferred the decision until February
- Ostensible (adjective) — ख़याली
Definition: stated or appearing to be true, but not necessarily so.
Synonyms: apparent, seeming, outward, surface, superficial, professed, supposed, avowed, presumed, so-called, alleged, declared,
Antonyms: factual, actual, known, confirmed, verified, accurate, authentic, genuine, realistic
Usage: the real dispute which lay behind the ostensible complaint
- Repealed (noun) — निरसित
Definition: the action of revoking or annulling a law or act of parliament.
Synonyms: revocation, rescinding, cancellation, reversal, annulment, nullification, voiding, invalidation, quashing, abolition, abrogation, setting aside, countermanding
Antonyms: introduce, enact, ratify, approve, validate, accept, authorize, pass
Usage: the House voted in favour of repeal