Adjectives are words, or phrases naming an attribute, added to or grammatically related to a noun to modify or describe it.

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Single word for “pleasant to look at”

Consider: It is pleasant to look at. So pleasant that you do not want to let it wander out of your sight. What would be a word for pleasant to look at? Something that's pleasant to my ...
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Adjective to Define “Key” Features

My company has released a big upgrade to our flagship software. There are 5 key features that would motivate the user to upgrade. Is there an adjective that is commonly used to describe those ...
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What exactly are “adverbial inflections of verb-based adjectives”, and what are some commonly used examples? [on hold]

Came across this long ago but can't seem to find anything relevant anymore, and that makes me even more curious!
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One word - someone so scared that he can't move

I am not able to find an appropriate word to fill in for "scared". He was so scared, he couldn't move. He turned to stone. He was too shocked. He almost turned to stone and could not move. ...
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Isolated group of users who believe that a technology/tool is vastly superior to alternatives

Consider a group of users of a given technology (e.g. an obscure programming language) who think that such technology is superior to any other technology, and whose opinion disagrees with the ...
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A word for support that is superficial, but not operational

I'm looking for a word to describe support that is shown only on a public level; it is declarative but not operational, more like an encouragement. For example, I might support all organizations that ...
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What does “independent” bind to in this sentence?

Which of the following two sentences is correct? A is valid independent of B. A is valid independently of B. In other words, does independent bind to "are" or "valid"? I tend towards the first ...
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Is “Blink Dog” an acceptable name? [closed]

I saw this word "Blink Dog" in a game. Is this an acceptable usage? Can a verb been used as an adjective as in this way?
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“That was a nice waited pass”

In soccer, if a player waits for another player to get into a proper position before passing the ball to him then can I say "That was a nicely waited pass" or would that be grammatically correct?
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What word describes a group of which the speaker is not a part?

I'm looking for a less clunky way of saying "a group of which I'm not a part" or "a group to I don't belong." I would prefer a one-word adjective, so that I could talk about "________ groups." So ...
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Adjective form of the verb despise?

Saw the title of the movie where minions come out - "Despicable Me" - I was curious, as despicable has the suffix -able, what would be its verb form? Then, I thought, is it de-spice? Which made me ...
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Synonym for plug-in? [closed]

I'm making some software which allows users to enable extra features. These extra features are currently called 'plug-ins'. I'm not a fan of 'plug-in' because of its technical connotations. I also ...
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What type of adjective is “aesthetic”?

(This is coming from a discussion over at ELL, but the specific nuance below fits here I think). Consider two statements about a dog: The dog has brown fur The dog has aesthetic appeal and two ...
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To explain or to be explained

I have searched lots of websites to understand which one is correct in this sentence: It is too hard to (be) explain(ed). Some people say that after some adjectives called tough adjectives you ...
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Which adjectives go with the phrase 'strike somebody as (being) something'

The longman dictionary states that we can use 'strike somebody as (being) something' and 'it strikes somebody as strange/odd etc that' to mean that something seems to have a particular quality or ...
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Is there a word for “someone who can talk to anyone”?

Trying to think of a word for a resume that would cover "being able to converse with almost anyone from having a general knowledge of many subjects". It wouldn't be articulate but I can't find ...
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The quality of things you stick with

I was wondering if there is a word in English to describe the quality of things we stick with. For example, if a training is well designed, people will tend to keep using it. Meanwhile, if it's not, ...
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The best word to describe “not easy to fall”

Based on my research, I have several options (all of them come with problem). Stable (I don't want to have 'resist to change' meaning) Firm (I don't want to have 'resist to change' & 'standing ...
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Adjective which means both “Specific” and “General” simultaneously [closed]

I need an adjective which means both "Specific" and "General" simultaneously! As the explanation, the "adjective" is supposed to be used in scientific domain. The adjective would describes a ...
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Is the adjective “cheap” used to convey an opinion or a fact? [migrated]

I'm taking an online English Grammar course, and I'm a little bit confused with the adjectives order thing. In the course is said that the order is: Opinion (nice, lovely, ugly, terrible) Size ...
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Comma between adjectives in title of thesis

Is there a comma missing in "A Heuristic for Capacitated Hierarchical Resource Location Problems"? It is a title of a bachelor's thesis. I'm not a native speaker, but I think there should be a comma ...
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Adjective and verb [migrated]

I have observed that in some sentence adjective is used after noun, whereas in some sentence adjective is used before noun or my understanding is wrong about these one and in first sentence it works ...
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An Idiom/phrase/adjective for an imaginary place where everything is perfect [closed]

A place where unrealistic and impossible things can happen. Is there an idiom/expression/phrase that connotes to such a stretch of the imagination?
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Permutation as an adjective?

"My studies showcase special emphasis on cumulative recursive [permutative?] effects of one's hydration, nutrition, self-image, and general cognitive ability." Basically, each of the four items ...
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'Accessory' vs 'included' as adjective (BE)

I'm wondering about the use of the word 'accessory' as an adjective. Would it be preferable in BE to say something like 'This DJ controller comes with accessory headphones'? I feel that 'This DJ ...
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Non in front of hyphenated adjective

If one wishes to add "non" in front of a hyphenated adjective, should one add a hyphen after "non?"
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Sound distortion from microphone or amplifier etc. - what do we call it?

I live near a temple and during the morning prayer, more often than not, the loudspeaker would produce a jarring sound. Is there a single word for the sound distortion from micrphone or amplifier. ...
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I am looking for an adjective, similar to “holding a grudge”

I am looking for an adjective that describes a person who is not willing to forgive or excuse someone's faults or wrong-doings from the past (other than "unforgiving"). For the ones who speak German, ...
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My as an adjective, posessive pronoun, or prepositional phrase?

During English class, we have been diagramming sentences, as described at http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/, and have had some confusion as to whether the term "my" should be considered an adjective, ...
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Changing a person's name into an adjective

What do you call it when a person's name or group's name is changed into a adjective? Is it "conversion" or "functional shift"? For instance, saying a band's music is "Beatlesque" or that someone's ...
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a word that is commonly used as either an adjective or a noun [closed]

I'm trying to come up with some sort of play on word, but for that I need a common word that can be used as either a noun or an adjective. here is what I am trying to write: you are a little [word] ...
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Does the difference between an adjective and an adverb ever disambiguate? [closed]

Imagine that adverbs were banned from the English language, and we had to replace them all with their cognate adjectives. Language would begin to sound bad to our ears that are attuned to the ...
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Adjective form of “advocate”?

What's a good adjective that means something similar to "advocate"? For instance, "He is an advocate. He's _____." Proactive and practical are not quite the right sense -- proactive ignores the ...
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Like “responsible” but for things or activities

It's perfectly correct to say I'm a responsible employee. However, what adjective should I use for non-living things or activities to convey the same meaning? The work is "responsible". ...
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What are words like “excellent, good, great, perfect” called?

Is there a specific term for these kinds of words that describe the quality of a particular act or object? Besides adjective? Examples: Perfect Excellent Great Good Bad Poor Terrible Horrible
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Opposite of “mutually exclusive”

The best I can think of is "necessarily accompanying", but it sounds awkward. Most answers I looked up give words like "concordant" and "accompanying", but these words have more passive definitions ...
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What do we call a doctor's prediction

Say my doctor tells me that my grandfather has only a few months to live. What do we call such a prediction based on a medical condition?
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What would you call a pleading before a judge or God [closed]

Is there a noun or adjective for the following or similar: a pleading before a judge for clemency a prayer before God begging for mercy Is there a better word than "begging", "pleading", ...
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“Unauthentic” vs. “inauthentic” [closed]

Is there really no difference between inauthentic and unauthentic? If there is, which is more correct?
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What adjective is/will be used to describe the scope of all things within a solar system?

For example: when we look up news stories online, or tune in on TV, we are being given news reports that fall within a spacial scope. Local news: City and surrounding county. Regional news: "Pacific ...
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Adjectives to describe a big human achievement vs. a quick achievement

Premise: It took 13 years and 3 billion dollars to sequence the first human genome by scientists. What would be an adjective to describe this feat? However, now a new software can do the ...
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Transforming words as in CAE tests (Cambridge Advanced English)

I am doing a Cambridge Advanced English test this weekend. The free online test they provide online lets you transform words like this, from nouns to verbs to adjectives, back and forth. • Come ...
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How are compound adjectives nominalised?

There are compound adjectives in which each word is inflected (as adjective). When they are nominalised, should each adjective be separately nominalised or only the ultimate word? The concrete ...
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When do words like “Rewirable” keep the 'e' from “Rewire”?

I was spelling "rewirable" earlier and could've sworn it should be spelled 'rewireable' but google said otherwise. Whats the deal here? I never paid a lot of attention in my english classes ...
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Comma usage - am I working with coordinate adjectives or cumulative adjectives?

I've been trying to figure out if this slogan requires a comma: Simple, streaming music. versus Simple streaming music I did some reading on comma rules here and here, but I'm still a bit ...
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An appropriate adjective [closed]

I am writing a report and it should tell all the stakeholders that "the target for all product categories, including Over Payments to customers has either been met or exceeded (by a very small ...
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alternative to “high depth”, “large depth”

After having used "high depth" in a report, I consider it now almost as an oxymoron. But, is "large depth" better English? What would be an alternative adjective? (I'm not looking for the abyss as I ...
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An adjective for gestalt

Is there an adjective to describe someone with the ability to quickly grasp/see the whole picture out of a few perceived details. This person is not detail-oriented and never fails to see the forest ...
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What kind of character does a person who makes loud exclamations have?

Here, I am trying to find an adjective to describe a (relatively poor) person who is open but attracts a lot of attention (not attention-seeking though). As an example, I found this video: ...
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Should it be written due date or date due?

Is it better to write: Please pay by due date or Please pay by date due?