Vestigial Positives

Defined as words only used, colloquially, in the negative form.  All confirmed sources
have a well-defined positive which has lapsed, inscrutably, from common English usage.

 

 


Positive

Definition

Confirmed ?

Negative


Advertent

attentive, heedful

yes

Inadvertent


Alienable

separable

yes

Inalienable


Ane

intelligent, sensible

 

Inane


Cessant

ending, dormant

yes

Incessant


Clement

clear, pleasant, mild

yes

Inclement


Cordant

agreeable, harmonious

 

Discordant


Continent

restrained

yes

Incontinent


Corrigible

restrained, correctable

yes

Incorrigible


Creant

creative, formative

yes

Miscreant


Crepant

agreeable

 

Discrepant


Determinate

certain, clear

yes

Indeterminate


Dolent

energetic, active

yes

Indolent


Eluctable

avoidable, unscheduled

 

Ineluctable


Embowel

fill, enclose

yes

Disembowel


Ept

competent, adroit

 

Inept


Ert

active, eager, prone to hurry

yes

Inert


Exorable

flexible, yielding

 

Inexorable


Fame

to spread the renown of, make famous

yes

Defame


Fecate

fill with impurities

 

Defecate


Foliate

add layers or leaves

yes

Exfoliate


Flappable

easily excitable, nervous

yes

Unflappable


Gruntled

content, happy

yes

Disgruntled


Gusting

appetizing, attractive

 

Disgusting


Ingenuous

candid, honest

yes

Disingenuous


Kempt

neat, tidy, intact

yes

Unkempt


Lentless

ending

 

Relentless


Licit

sanctioned, allowed

yes

Illicit


Member

to add limbs

 

Dismember


Nomalous

normal, natural

 

Anomalous


Parage

make equal

yes

Disparage


Peccable

liable to sin

yes

Impeccable


Pervious

penetrable, permeable

yes

Impervious


Placable

benevolent, compassionate

yes

Implacable


Quieting

calming, soothing

 

Disquieting


Scrutable

comprehensible

yes

Inscrutable


Sheveled

neat, tidy, intact

 

Disshevled


Sipid

interesting, lively

yes

Insipid


Sonant

having sound or harmony

yes

Dissonant


Spicable

admirable, lovable

 

Dispicable


Suade*

to convince

yes

Dissuade


Tended

lean, thin

 

Distended


Terminable

ending, exciting

yes

Interminable


Torted

aligned, level, straight

 

Distorted


Trepid

timid, timorous

yes

Intrepid


Trophied

grown, flourished

 

Atrophied


Turbed

calm, confident

 

Disturbed


Vincible

powerless, ineffectual

yes

Invincible


Viscerate

mend, strengthen

 

Eviscerate


Whelmed**

calm, unaffected

 

Over(under)whelmed

*means the same as persuade, but never used without the prefix (per)

**used in positive (overwhelmed) or negative (underwhelmed) form with prefix

 

 

Major contributors:  L. Armus, J.D. Smith, H. Teplitz, V. Desai, K. Matthews, D. Dale, W. Reach, T. Murphy, J. Najita, K. Von Braun, E. Schinnerer, J. Larkin