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    antonym for toxic:- harmless/tonic

    I concerned a book in which both the options were given as options but the answer was harmless.

    We know that toxic is something that takes away health/life.
    Tonic is something that encourages life/health.
    Then should tonic not be the more near antonym of toxic?

    And is there a method to eliminate options when doing problems on antonyms and synonyms?

    Please help me out.

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    Re: antonym for toxic:- harmless/tonic

    'Tonic' is not an antonym for 'toxic'. The most near one I can think of is 'non-toxic'.
    Yes, there's a method. But it presumes you know the meanings and usages of all the alternatives.

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    Re: antonym for toxic:- harmless/tonic

    Quote Originally Posted by Sahil Dhankhar View Post
    And is there a method to eliminate options when doing problems on antonyms and synonyms?
    I would say that the most important thing to remember, despite tests and exercises, is that many words simply don't have antonyms or synonyms. I agree with Raymott that non-toxic is the closest. However, harmless may work in some contexts, but I think it's difficult to claim it is the antonym of toxic.

    Something that is toxic can cause death but it can also cause harm without killing, so I don't see that either answer is the only correct possibility.

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    Re: antonym for toxic:- harmless/tonic

    I think "harmless" is a reasonable antonym for "toxic". If something is toxic, it can harm or kill; something harmless cannot.

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