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Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the italicized bold part of the sentence:
The prisoner made an abortive attempt to escape from the jail.
A. Courageous
B. Futile
C. Illegal
D. furtive

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Hint:Synonyms are the words that have similar meaning or same meaning. And synonyms are the words that can be used in place of each other. For example: the synonyms of beautiful are pretty and adorable.

Complete answer:
Option (A) ‘Courageous’: is an incorrect option because ‘Courageous’ means ‘to do something with bravery’. Though the attempt made by the prisoner was brave to escape the prison, the attempt was in vain.
Option (B) ‘Futile’: is the correct option because ‘Futile’ means ‘to do pointless attempt of something or producing unsuccessful results’ which has the same meaning as the word ‘Abortive’.
Option (C) ‘Illegal’: is an incorrect option because ‘Illegal’ means ‘to do something against the law’ which is not the same as the meaning of abortive though the action done by him is illegal although here we’re talking about the outcome of the attempt.
Option (D) ‘furtive’: is an incorrect option because ‘Furtive’ means ‘to do something in stealth or to do something quite enough that no one can notice’ which is not the same meaning as the word ‘Abortive’.

Hence, the correct answer is Option ‘ B’.

Note:A synonym is another word that means the same or nearly the same as the original word. The above-mentioned asks about the synonym which fits best with the same meaning as Abortive.