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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Is there a word that describes an individual who is always clueless when he has to face major challenges?

If a person does not have the ability to reason logically in high pressure situations (and is consequently always clueless), what term can be used to describe such a person? I'm looking for an ...
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Title Hero or titular/eponymous hero?

Jane Eyre is the title of a novel. The hero of the novel is called Jane Eyre. Can you say "Jane Eyre is the title hero of the novel"? I know that titular hero or eponymous hero is correct, however I'm ...
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Hyphenation between participle and preposition before a noun?

When visiting a London hospital, Florence Nightingale was shocked at the dirty and uncared for patients. The above sentence is from an essay. Should we write "uncared-for patients", with a hyphen ...
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Compound adjective or short phrase to describe something that is affected by an issue

I'm looking for a word, compound adjective or very short phrase that could be used to describe something, such as a parcel delivery, that is affected by an issue. What I'm looking for is supposed to ...
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Is there an adjective for “untruthful, especially when pretending to know more than one actually does”?

I originally thought of the word "disingenuous," except that my dictionary gives the definition as "not candid or sincere, typically by pretending that one knows less about something than one really ...
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Who are you romantically jealous of? [no joke]

Who are you romantically jealous of? Say A (f) and B (m) are a couple, but B is way too friendly towards C (f) which makes A jealous. But who is A jealous of? B or C? Or C (f) has a crush on B (m), ...
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Using adjectives with 'All the more' [duplicate]

I'm trying to complete this dialogue but I've encountered a bit of trouble with the usage of 'all the more'. The dialogue is below. Our bond is based on trust. We have no contract. Trust? Then ...
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“Modules not assigned” versus “Not assigned Modules”

I am developing an application, and there has to be a list of available modules, i.e. modules that have not been assigned yet. I am not sure what is the the right way to say it. My options: Not ...
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An adjective for “one who doesn't understand or appreciate the importance of something”

There is an adjective in my mother tongue (Turkish), "kıymet bilmez"... We use it to describe the people who don't understand or appreciate the good things, the good opportunities etc. which they ...
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Is “irresoluteoscillating” a word? Strange result from Thesaurus.com

I did a search on thesaurus.com for the word wavering, and one of the suggested synonyms that was listed was irresoluteoscillating. However, the Oxford and Merriam-Webster dictionaries did not have ...
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What's the adjective from 'emit'? [closed]

I'd like to know what's the right adjective from the word 'to emit'. Is is emitting or emitted radiation? Or are they both used interchangeably?
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is there a name for adjectives that end in -ive formed from verbs?

Examples include 'declarative', 'manipulative', 'accusative'. Is there a name for these adjectives that describe something of or related to their base verb?
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Use of a participial phrase in titles

I was making an essay about cystic fibrosis and I stumbled upon a problem regarding the title. I was wondering whether the title I made was grammatical. It was "Cytosis Fibrosis: A Hereditary ...
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What do you call a person who does anything to get something?

I need an adjective to describe a person who does anything to get something. Macbeth's character is very ambitious but also ....
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All other and any other difference

Ramayana is more sacred than all other mythologies of Hindus. OR Ramayana is more sacred than any other mythology of Hindus. Which one is correct?
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“The” before adjectives

I'm a bit confused about this. Which example is the right one? From all the fellow writers, who was the best? From all fellow writers, who was the best? Is there a reason why "the" should be used ...
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If “nice” is an adjective, what kind of word is “niceness”?

Say you have the adjective "nice". If something is nice, then it has the quality of niceness. What type of word is "niceness"? Is it still an adjective?
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Does English have an equivalent for pinakalast?

Last from English; final, ultimate, last person to arrive. pinaka- creates superlatives. Though pinakalast can be both comparative and superlative. More final than final Most ultimate
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Adjective phrase/clause to describe the object of the sentence

Am I using the adjective phrase correctly in the following sentence? "I want to be someone like you, smart and beautiful." I know that using the adjective phrase to describe the subject of the ...
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Old or older people

Which is grammatically correct? Old people are often lonely. Or Older people are often lonely. I understand context matters. I just want to know when it is right to use one or the other.
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An adjective to describe the state of being complex yet ineffective

Looking for candidate adjectives to be used for describing an (engineering) method or procedure that is overly complicated and demanding but provides no additional benefit in return. In fact the ...
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Word for a male aged 20 through 25 [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a word that describes a male aged from 20 through 25. Man feels too adult like and Young Adult feels like a teenager. The type of word I'm looking for is someone not yet ...
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“Proceeding” as an adjective [closed]

I thought I've heard it being used as such before, but I cannot seem to find any dictionary (online) that details it as an adjective. E.g. "The proceeding event is dinner. The preceding event was ...
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Hyphenation of words like ‘waterproof’

The Oxford dictionary states that most compound adjectives made from a noun and an adjective should be hyphenated (e.g. ‘accident-prone’, ‘camera-ready’). On the other hand, its entry for the word ‘...
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participle adjectives

I'd like to ask for guidance on where paticipial adjectives should be placed. In the first sentence below, the past participle adjective is before the word that it modifies: 'broken chair.' But in ...
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'I like their another app!' - 'Other' versus 'another'; grammatical usage

I am helping a foreign language partner with English, but she asked me a question that stumped me. If I understand correctly, 'Other' is an adjective. 'Another' is also an adjective. Theoretically, ...
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Can “yet” modify adjective? [closed]

I think it can, but I am not sure. For example: He's the lord in the yet functioning duchy of [duchyName] (I am trying to imply that while the duchy is still present, it may crumble in the ...
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How to differentiate agents that cause harm but may or may not have the intent of doing so?

If I harm someone/something without having the intent to do so, am I being aggressive, hostile, or something else? What if I had the intent? I'm looking for ways to describe and differentiate agents ...
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Adverbs for non-gradable and base adjectives

I'd like to ask which adverbs should we use for non-gradable and base adjectives. For example : environmental When I read my book, it says : Non-gradable adjectives are not used with adverbs ...
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I'm trying to describe a sound i.e. a popping sound which is metallic. How do I phrase such a sound?

The best I could come up with is Metallic Pop which doesn't suit the rest of the writing style at all, which has a bit more imaginative use of adjectives. What other phrase could I use to describe ...
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What is a word for loving sadness?

I need a word for a love of sadness. A quote from Because of Winn-Dixie, for the feel. "Melancholy," I repeated. I liked the way it sounded, like there was music hidden somewhere inside it. (Kate ...
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Is “specieal” an adjective for species?

I'm trying to find an adjective for the word species. Usage could be: The zoo tried to maintain specieal diversity. Is specieal the correct adjective for species or is there another word? Edit: ...
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Non-sea salt sulfate or non-sea-salt sulfate?

Atmospheric sea salt particles contain sulfate but also other sources of atmospheric sulfate exist. In scientific studies on particulate sulfate air pollution it is common to split between sulfate ...
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Adjective for a type of conversation where no real information is conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection.

There is an english word (adj) that refers to a type of conversation where no real real information is being conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection. A casual conversation ...
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Is “aging” an adjective?

In the phrase the aging woman is aging an adjective or a verb used as an adjective?
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Meaning of “Busted” as an adjective [closed]

What does "busted" mean in this context? He also possesses a glass eye, an ear for heavy metal, and a busted internal radar. In reference to character Michael Burry from the movie "The Big ...
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Why do people write “women characters” but not “children actors”?

In certain feminist circles, including major publications, it is politically correct to write "women characters" instead of "female characters". But why is the word "women" pluralized? Why is it ...
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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An adjective that says “which are very scarce to begin with”

I am looking for an adjective that says "which are very few to begin with" to fill the blank in the following sentence. When I was writing a story on __ female astronomers at Pitt for our school ...
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Is there a ly word describing 5 times a week? [closed]

I need a ly word for five times a week. Is there even such a word?
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An adjective to describe a person who has come back from failure

I am attempting to find an adjective to describe someone who has rebounded from failure and come back even stronger. The ___ man came back, worked harder, then succeeded after missing the game ...
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“You are spoilt” or “You are spoiled”

When helping my son with the homework in (non-native) English, I got stuck by sentence. What is correct: "You are spoilt!" or "You are spoiled!" or both alternatives? If it matters, this part ...
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What is the meaning of the adjective phrase “three-up”?

In Annie Proulx's short story, the phrase "three-up outfit" appears, used to describe the ranch of one of the characters. I do not know what "three-up" means.
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A word to describe someone constantly seeking bewilderment [closed]

So, Jason Silva coined the noun "wonderjunkie" to define this exact thing. However, I'm wondering if there's any adjective in ANY language to describe someone who is in constant search of awe, someone ...
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Communism/communism and Communist/communist [duplicate]

I have some doubts regarding capitalizing or not the following words: Communism Communist I know that Communism is generally written with capital letter, but sometimes I have this doubt and cannot ...
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'Well' after: How to use 'well after' in a sentence? [closed]

She waited till well after midnight. What does well after signify here? There are 51 definitions of well at the Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is not immediately obvious which one applies here. ...
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Single-word alternative to “that required intervention”

I'm trying to describe a process that, though intended to be fully automated, instead required human intervention in a particular instance, owing to unspecified difficulties with the process. I'm ...
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English equivalent of 'kuma.'

The kuma is the kid that lingers around you when you're eating ice cream. He/She wants the ice cream for himself/herself. Could be a brother, sister or a complete stranger. Sometimes would make a fuss ...
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Word or phrase for non-linear-but-still-greater-than-linear?

I am looking to replace "exponential" in the following sentence: "The development of new technology in this field tends to follow an (exponential) trend." In mathematics, there are many functions ...
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Single-word adjective meaning “of or pertaining to age”

I am trying to emphasize diversity in a group of people by describing their backgrounds with the following adjectives: "...[they have] a wide variety of socio-economic, intellectual and religious ...