GMAT Vocab­u­lary List — Top 20 GMAT Words You Need To Know

GMAT Ver­bal Sec­tion is very impor­tant part of exam as it tests your read­ing abil­i­ty along with test­ing your log­i­cal rea­son­ing that how bet­ter you are able grasp the knowl­edge pro­vid­ed in the pas­sage and how bet­ter you can map ques­tions with the pro­vid­ed infor­ma­tion. After read­ing this arti­cle you will see improve­ment in your read­ing by learn­ing new GMAT Vocab­u­lary List

To get the best of knowl­edge pro­vid­ed in the pas­sage you should have bet­ter eng­lish knowl­edge. Stu­dents who has good knowl­edge of eng­lish also needs to under­stand few words which we don’t use in our day to day life. Because Vocab­u­lary used in GMAT is very much lit­er­a­ture based which we often don’t use.

So fol­low­ing are the words which will help you in boost-up your GMAT Vocab­u­lary

GMAT Word List

1Asser­tionA state­ment, usu­al­ly backed up by some kind of sol­id proof or rea­son­ing. Syn­onyms include claim’ and con­tention.’
2Assump­tionThe under­ly­ing rea­son­ing of an argu­ment. Premise’ is a syn­onym. You’ll be asked about the assump­tions of var­i­ous argu­ments fre­quent­ly in Crit­i­cal Rea­son­ing ques­tions in the Ver­bal sec­tion.
3CiteTo refer back to your source or rea­son­ing.
4ClaimAn asser­tion, argu­ment, or state­ment.
5Con­tentionCan mean a con­flict or clash. In the con­text of the GMAT, usu­al­ly refers to an argu­ment or asser­tion, espe­cial­ly a con­tro­ver­sial one. The verb form is to con­tend.’
6Cor­rob­o­rateTo sup­port or val­i­date an exist­ing opin­ion, belief, or argu­ment. Oth­er syn­onyms include ver­i­fy’ and con­firm.’ Often used in the phrase cor­rob­o­rat­ing evi­dence.’
7FaultySome Crit­i­cal Rea­son­ing ques­tions may ask you if or how an argu­ment is faulty. Faulty is a syn­onym for flawed’ or invalid.’ An argu­ment is faulty if there’s a gap in its log­ic, or if the con­clu­sion reach­es doesn’t flow log­i­cal­ly from its premise.
8ImplyTo imply is to sug­gest based on evi­dence (but not state explic­it­ly). The adjec­tive form is implic­it,’ which is the oppo­site of explic­it’ (overt or clear). Many stu­dents get con­fused between imply’ and infer.’ They are sim­i­lar, but not exact­ly alike. An infer­ence is a con­clu­sion we can rea­son­ably draw based on giv­en evi­dence. An impli­ca­tion is a strong sug­ges­tion that is not direct­ly stat­ed.
9Infer/​InferenceTo infer is to con­clude based on giv­en evidence/​information. When a Crit­i­cal Rea­son­ing ques­tion asks you to draw a con­clu­sion based on a pas­sage, it is ask­ing you to make an infer­ence.
10Main­tainIn the con­text of the GMAT, main­tain’ means to argue, assert, or con­tend, par­tic­u­lar­ly repeat­ed­ly or after oppo­si­tion.
11Mit­i­gateTo lessen, dimin­ish, or ren­der less extreme or severe. Often used in the phrase mit­i­gat­ing cir­cum­stances,’ which refers to cir­cum­stances that make a crime more under­stand­able but don’t entire­ly exon­er­ate some­one of his/​her crime.
12Para­doxThis is com­mon in Crit­i­cal Rea­son­ing ques­tions on the Ver­bal sec­tion. A para­dox is some­thing that is seem­ing­ly con­tra­dic­to­ry or doesn’t make sense, or two facts that don’t seem to coex­ist log­i­cal­ly. Clues that a GMAT ques­tion may be ask­ing you to iden­ti­fy a para­dox are words like dis­crep­an­cy’ and con­tra­dic­tion.’
13PositTo posit is to present an argu­ment or hypoth­e­sis about some­thing that is cur­rent­ly unknown or uncer­tain.
14PremiseA premise is a state­ment upon which an argu­ment or the­o­ry is based.
15Redun­dan­cyRedun­dan­cy’ refers to some­thing (a word, phrase, or piece of infor­ma­tion) that’s repet­i­tive and thus mean­ing­less or unnec­es­sary. It comes up most com­mon­ly in Sen­tence Cor­rec­tion ques­tions, which ask you to elim­i­nate redun­dan­cy in the answer choice you choose.
16Suf­fi­cientData Suf­fi­cien­cy ques­tions, on the Quant sec­tion, ask you if a giv­en piece of infor­ma­tion is suf­fi­cient’ to solve a prob­lem or com­plete an equa­tion. Suf­fi­cient,’ in the con­text of the GMAT, means enough on its own.’ In oth­er words, could you answer this ques­tion or solve this prob­lem or equa­tion with only that numer­i­cal val­ue or piece of infor­ma­tion?
17Under­mineTo weak­en or inval­i­date (usu­al­ly an argu­ment, in the con­text of the GMAT).
18Val­i­dateOften used inter­change­ably with cor­rob­o­rate.’ (See above entry).
19War­rant­edWar­rant­ed’ means jus­ti­fied, deserved, or nec­es­sary.
20pre­var­i­cateavoid telling the truth by not direct­ly answer­ing a ques­tion

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