What Word Completes the Analogy?"

(What is an analogy?)

ADVANCE : RECEDE :: stiff : flexible

  1. unyielding
  2. flexible
  3. bone

The best answer is flexible. The relationship between the first pair of words, ADVANCE and RECEDE, is that of antonyms—words that have opposite meanings. Therefore, the second pair of words must also be antonyms. Flexible is an antonym of stiff.

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