Odd Word Out

One of these words does not belong, one of these words is not the same. What is it about the words that does not belong? It is more apparent than the first letter not being the same.


Selfishness. The rest have only one of the vowels.

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4 Comments on "Odd Word Out"

Mark W says
October 26, 2021 @ 20:54

Seemed too obvious to me, so I questioned whether: strenghtlessness was an actual word; my system dictionary did not recognize it, so had to go look online?

Ramon says
November 1, 2021 @ 11:57

It’s “selfishness” for another, more obvious (IMO) reason: The other words all contain the “less” sequence.

Ali says
January 25, 2023 @ 01:13

It’s selfishness, but not for the reason they states, since all of those words have more than one vowel. The other 3 involve the lack of something (i.e. defencelessness means the lack of a defense) whereas selfishness is being selfish, not lacking selfishness. Sorry if that’s confusing, I tried my best to explain it, because it is SO annoying that they give an incorrect, and illogical, answer.

Dan says
January 25, 2023 @ 09:36

@Ali Could you share the multiple vowels you see in the other words? The vowels are a, e, i, o, u and sometimes y. The other three words have one vowel, “e”. Selfishness has two vowels, “e” and “i”.

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