Would you please tell me which word does not belong to this group of words?

Progressive,, Traditional, Timid, Cautious.

  • I don't see any clear triplet there, three words from the same semantic field. I would consider it a flawed question. timid is probably the best word to eliminate, in that it is a personal characteristic with somewhat pejorative connotations, and the others have no pejorative connotations. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 26 '16 at 17:30
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    Only one is about moving forwards - to boldly go, etc. – Mick Dec 26 '16 at 17:45
  • "Traditional " is the only quality that doesn't change. – V.V. Dec 26 '16 at 18:21
  • @TRomano If you are progressive, you like trying bold new things. If you are any of the others, you don't. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Dec 26 '16 at 19:07
  • @Araucaria: The politically cautious person sits between the progressive and the traditionalist. You are cautious when trying something new, right? No need for caution when doing the same old thing. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Dec 26 '16 at 19:18

Because this is a vocabulary comprehension exercise, the answer is probably based on the meaning of the words. The "odd word out" is therefore most likely progressive.

Although they are not really synonyms of one another, traditional, timid, and cautious are all commonly given as synonyms for conservative, which is a clear antonym of progressive.

See, for example, the definition and first ten suggestions in Thesaurus.com (sorted by relevance):

Synonyms for conservative
adj cautious, moderate, tending to preserve the status quo

  • middle-of-the-road
  • reactionary
  • timid
  • traditional
  • bourgeois
  • constant
  • firm
  • fuddy-duddy
  • quiet
  • redneck
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  • Besides, conservative may also be reactionary and thus, regressive, which is a 100 percent antonym of progressive, the odd word. Mine was a really silly guess. – Victor B. Dec 27 '16 at 11:36
  • @Rompey I liked your idea from a riddling perspective—it would be a good "lateral thinking" answer on the Puzzling SE, I think. – 1006a Dec 27 '16 at 17:21

"Traditional" can't describe a person's character All the other adjectives can:

He is a progressive politician. He is a timid boy. He is a cautious person.

"Traditional " also means "doesn't change ". The others change, slightly, but change.

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    Hmmm, I don't agree. Traditional can easily be used to describe people. The odd one out is progressive, imo. The others all have a sense of conservatism. – Araucaria - Not here any more. Dec 26 '16 at 19:05

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