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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What is a good replacement for “ununderstandable”?

I want to tell a colleague of mine I'm doing something that will prevent her from getting "ununderstandable" errors. I have: ...so that you will not get unnecessary, [ununderstandable] errors. ...
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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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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 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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“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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Adjectival noun - singular or plural or both? [duplicate]

If I intend to use a noun as an adjective, can I use the noun both in plural and singular form? e.g. "noun modifier", "Bacon Batch", "A news reporter", "Sports center", "email address" My feeling is ...
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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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'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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Usage of “symmetrical” and “symmetric”

What is the appropriate usage of "symmetrical" and "symmetric" (using the geometrical adjectival definition of both terms)? Are they synonymous?
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Describe someone who doesn't want anything better to happen to anyone else

I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose ...
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An adjective for shopping

If culinary is a word related to cooking or food, like a 'culinary experience', what would be a similar word for shopping?
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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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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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“Not bad at all” vs. “Not at all bad”

What is the difference between the two? The weather is not bad at all. The weather is not at all bad.
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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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“Economic” vs. “economical”

What is the difference between "economic" and "economical"?
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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 ...
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Stating the obvious [duplicate]

Stating the obvious has been discussed here before but in the context of a derogatory response to someone who does same. E.g. duh, dur, nss etc. What I would particularly like to know "is there a ...
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Word for someone who feels as if they must atone for something?

It is not that the person has done something that is necessarily wrong; it is more as if a situation occurred and the person feels they may have caused it, or the person feels guilty about it in ...
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Adjective that means “hard to pronounce” even you know how to pronounce it

I am looking for a word to describe a word or a sentence that is hard to pronounce, in a situation that even you know the pronunciation but just can't control your tongue. Tongue-twister is the ...
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A word similar to lofty [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective that means lofty, intangible, hard to incorporate into every day life, not down-to-earth. It would describe an idea or concept. ETA: Example of sentence I would use it ...
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What kind of rain is “sprinkles”?

It appears that MSN Weather has chosen an amusing adjective (from my British point of view) for the weather today: I'm assuming the precipitation (sadly) won't contain any hundreds-and-thousands. ...
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When to use obsolete or redundant when referring to something that is no longer required? [closed]

I was sending a message to one of our developers internally referring to an element on a page querying whether it was needed or would be used but I paused when I realised that I wasn't entirely sure ...
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Can an adjective be converted into a noun by '-s'?

I saw a passage "this doesn't mean to get riches and honors." 'rich' is an adjective but 'riches' is a plural noun according to the dictionary. Are there any other examples where an adjective becomes ...
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What do you call a person that is consistent in her beliefs despite the difficulties they might cause?

I am sure there has to be a more precise word to describe a person that is not giving up on her beliefs no matter what other says. You could say consistent in her beliefs, but I am looking for ...
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What is the difference between “intermediate” and “intermediary” when both mean the same thing? [closed]

I have a tendency to say This case is intermediary This case is an intermediate one This is an intermediate case I probably would stumble over This is an intermediary case ...
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Is “intrigued” an adjective or past participle in “I was intrigued when you called me”?

I've found dictionary entries supporting both situations: for adjective: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/intrigued for verb: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/intrigue I'd go ...
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“Lowest” vs. “lowermost”

Is there any difference between the words lowest and lowermost? When should I use either of them? Possibly lowermost should never be used?
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a grammar question : to be in adjective clause [closed]

Please explain the grammar of this sentence: She was the first woman to be nominated for the national prize. Why do we use "to be" here? And is it necessary?
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Adjective to describe the quality of liking to teach and/or having a talent for teaching?

I'm looking for a concise way to express the quality of enjoying or preferring to impart knowledge to other individuals. In a way, the counterpart to a person who is teachable or takes instruction ...
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Adjective for something that is spread out or not concentrated in a single location

I am looking for an adjective to describe something that cannot be found in a single location. For example, teaching jobs are spread out throughout the country, in cities and counties. They are not ...
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“Continuing” vs. “continued”

So, just a few minutes ago we had this question asking whether one could substitute ongoing availability with continuing availability and what the difference would be, if any. Apart from the question ...
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Though we use adjectives before nouns normally, why are some words exceptions like 'something'? Why do we use the adjectives after them? [duplicate]

For example: something , everything, anything, nothing ... special someone , everyone , anyone,, no one ... special somebody , everybody , anybody , nobody ...special
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The same as +object or possessive pronoun

Tony has the same book as I do (He now has my very book). Tony has the same book as mine (His book is a copy of my book,it has the same title,written by the same writer). Tony's car is the same as ...
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Ambiguous sentences

Consider the following two examples: I’ve heard more vicious rumors. I’ve heard less vicious rumors. Which of these examples, if any, can be considered ambiguous in interpretation?
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Word for feeling for movie characters

I watch many movies these days, and I often feel happy when the main character gets what they want in the end or sad otherwise. Is there an adjective to describe this? It appears to me that vicarious ...
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Adding an additional adjective to the attributive noun [closed]

I am writing my thesis and I'm having problems with the heading. The heading consists of a noun and an attributive noun: "Text analysis". The analysing method is called prosody: "Prosodic analysis."...
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How to describe someone with an adjective? [closed]

I want to say that 'If I should give you an adjective that would be '. Although I am not sure if this is correct or if there is any better way to say that?
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Adjectives used as adverbs/ verbs used as adjectives/ verbs used as adverbs

First question: I have been reading English: An Essential Grammar by Gerald Nelson and it gives an example of the words 'hard' and 'fast' being used as both adjectives and adverbs: Adverb: John ...
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What is the rule for adjective order?

I remember being taught that the correct order of adjectives in English was something along the lines of "Opinion-Size-Age-Color-Material-Purpose." However, it's been a long time and I'm pretty sure ...
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unpolite or impolite [duplicate]

can one say "unpolite"? As in the following sentence: "it's hard for me to be unpolite." I was in class today and my teacher asked me to give him an example of an infinite sentence and that came out ...
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What is the proper suffix to change bildungsroman into an adjective? [closed]

In this case I am wondering what suffix would be the best use for bildungsroman when trying to characterize a memoir.
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Four-word phrase stress

I'm interested to learn why the following four-word phrases have stress on different words. "Little Red Riding Hood" (stress is on little and riding) "Infamous National Rifle Association" (...
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Usage of noxious, nocuous and their opposites

I came across the word nocuous. It seems that this word is rarely used (and even the spell-checking of my browser does mark it as a mistake). Noxious, in comparison, is used way more often. ...
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“Demonstratable” — a dictionary word, or just a well known hack?

Someone has just pointed out a mis-spelling on my site - demonstratable, as in "demonstratable experience of...". I can't see it in the New Oxford American Dictionary or the Oxford Dictionary of ...
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Is there a list of present/past participles that can't be used as adjectives? [closed]

Some present and past participles can be used as adjectives: a howling dog, a sleeping baby, aged cheese, etc. I'm having trouble coming up with more words that can't be used as adjectives (all I ...