Academic Word List- vocabulary with negative prefixes

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Academic Word List- vocabulary with negative prefixes

Find the words below which have negative prefixes but don’t have negative meanings. 

abnormal

deregulation/ deregulate

disproportionate

illegal

illiberal

illogical

immature/ immaturity

imprecise/ imprecision

inaccessible

inaccurate

inadaptable

inadequate

inappropriate

incapable

incoherent

incompatible/ incompatibility

inconsistency/ inconsistent

indemonstrable

indiscrete/ indiscretion

inflexible/ inflexibility

insecurity

insignificant

instability

insufficient

invalid/ invalidity

irrational

irrelevant/ irrelevance

misinterpret/ misinterpretation

nonconformist

unachievable

unambiguous

unapproachable

unbeneficial

unbiased

unclear 

uncommitted

uncommunicative

unconfined

unconstitutional

unconstrained

unconstructive

uncontroversial

unconvincing

uncooperative

uncreative

uncultured 

undiminished

undiscriminating

undynamic

uneconomical

unempirical

unenergetic

unethical 

unfocused 

unideological

uninjured 

uninvolving 

unjustifiable

unlicensed

unmethodical

unmotivated 

unprofessional

unrefined

unregulated

unreliable

unsustainable

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013

Academic Word List- vocabulary with negative prefixes
Suggested answers
Positive words with negative prefixes
deregulation/ deregulate

nonconformist

unbiased

unconstrained

uncontroversial

undiminished

unideological

uninjured

Words which could be debated
adequate
biased
clear/ clarity
committed
confined
conformist
constitutional
constrained
controversial
cooperative
diminished
dynamic
empirical
flexible/ flexibility
focused
ideological
interpret
justifiable
liberal
licensed
mature
methodical
nonconformist
normal
professional 
refined
regulated
regulation/ regulate
reliable
security
stability
sufficient
sustainable
unambiguous
unconfined
unconstrained
uncontroversial

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013