Directions: In the below given passage, there are blanks each of which has been numbered. Five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
Rural healthcare in India is __(1)__ by a huge gap between supply and demand. Currently, rural healthcare needs are __(2)__ either by limited government facilities and private nursing homes, which have not been able to keep pace with increasing demand __(3)__ by a number of quacks who practise medicine in rural areas. The quality of infrastructure is usually poor and people "__(4)__ up having to go to nearby large cities if they need high quality care. Rural India deserves better, since the ability to pay has gone up over the last few years, driven by growth in income penetration of government healthcare programmes. Increasing demand __(5)__ with the failure of existing infrastructure to scale, has resulted in rural healthcare __(6)__ a large under served market. Absence of a viable business model __(7)__ conversion of the huge rural expenditure on health into an economic activity that generates income and __(8)__ the poor. It is this __(9)__ that entrepreneurs are looking to __(10)__
[IBPS-RRB(OFFICER SCALE-I), 2012]
Select the appropriate word for blank 1.
Answer: Option D
characterised is averb. It means describe the distinctive nature or features of.