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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Word to describe the state of something being external or internal

I'm looking for a word that refers to the state of being external or internal as a noun. Something like "ternality" or "ternalness" if those were words. Example: "The 'ternality' of the door was ...
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What is worse than “mediocre”?

What is worse than mediocre? Is it bad, or is there a level between mediocre and being pure bad? Is mediocre slightly better than bad, and bad better than pathetic? I want to use this in my prose ...
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Is there an adjectival form for “story” or a similar word? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective that alludes to something having a rich story or meaningful tale. The closest word I can think of is "plotful," but it doesn't completely satisfy the context.
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Why is it “to take someone seriously” and not “to take someone serious”?

Obviously the difference between these two sentences is that one is using an adverb while the other one is using an adjective. The reason why I think that an adjective should be used, is that the ...
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How to define True/False nature of something in one word

I am creating a program but facing problem with proper language for comment string in program. My program performs some operation. This operation typically always generates some data. (meaningful ...
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Synonyms for “untilted”

In a physical/technical context, I (being not a native speaker) am looking for an adjective that describes the absence of tilt and found “untilted”, which seems however not widely used. More ...
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Adjectives with -ed or -ing

A growing number of languages are on the verge of becoming ... endangered endangering I know that when we discuss personal feelings we should use -ed. -ing is used when we talk about things that ...
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How to refer to someone who works at a hotel?

I understand that a hotelier is "someone who owns or manages a hotel" (reference), much like a hotelkeeper (reference). However, these functions (owning and managing) are far too specific, the same ...
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Knowledge Triumphant or Triumphant Knowledge?

Franz Rosenthal has a philological monograph on the historical meaning and usages of the term 'ilm in Islam. It's called Knowledge Triumphant (1970). Now I don't understand if this is the the correct ...
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A person who begs for help but doesn't return the favor [duplicate]

I play a game and need a word for the following situation. What do you call a person who asks, and begs multiple times daily and impatiently for items (gear, weapons, weapon upgrades, runs through ...
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Can the word “bully” be used as an “adjective”?

I want to write the sentence: Bill helped him when he needed to overthrow the current leader, who is a bully. Is there anyway to make that sentence flow better? For example, can I somehow use ...
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“limitative factor” vs “limiting factor”

From the Exam book, Cambridge English FIRST 1 (2014), Test 2, paper 1: Reading and Use of English. The aim is to modify the word in caps so that it fits in the gap on the same line. Running Speed ...
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Comparative form of shy [duplicate]

I've been looking for this answer a lot and people say diferent things are true. Is it shyer and the shyest, shier and shiest or more shy and the most shy? According to Merriam-Webster dictionary it's ...
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Usage of the word “typical”

Some friends and I have been debating for a while now the significance of the word "typical", more specifically the pejorative connotation that, they insist, is inherent to this word. To them, for ...
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Word for a woman who can be mistaken as a transexual.

Is there a noun or adjective for this? Whether slang or a formal word.
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Can numbers be treated as nouns?

Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice , a novel that in 2005 was adapted into a film starring Keira Knightley. I was solving a question in which you have to find all the nouns in a sentence, and ...
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“Short overhead” or “small overhead”?

Regarding the header (overhead) part of a network packet (made of several bytes), should one say said packet has a small overhead or a short overhead if it uses very few bytes.
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A specific word for stating something so obvious it is not useful to state

For example, answering the question "what is this?" with an overly literal response.The word I am trying to remember would be used in the phrase "Not to be XXX but unexpected events are unexpected. ...
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Part Two: When was “googleable” or “googlable” first used?

Part One Part one is here, and cites references and dates about the verb ‘to google’, and asks about the syllabification and spelling of googl(e)able. Part Two This was originally my second ...
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I am looking for an adjective to describe “painful reality”

I am wondering which adjective could describe something is unexpectedly tough but pretty fair (I have "neutral" attitudes toward it). For example: I found the final exam was so ***. I really should ...
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An adjective meaning “full of potential”? [closed]

Is there an adjective synonymous with having a lot of potential? Thank you!
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Word for “being aware that you are unaware”

We are trying to find a word to describe the concept of "being aware that you are unaware," or possibly "knowing that there is more to know." The closest I could come up with was enlightened naivety, ...
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What's the difference between “full” and “fullest” in this context? [closed]

The importance of living life to the full. The importance of living life to the fullest. Do these sentences mean the same thing? Is "full" or "fullest" more appropriate in this contest?
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Is “advance bookings only” correct? [closed]

On a sign for a taxi company, which of the followings is correct: Advance bookings only or Advanced bookings only and why?
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The meaning of “aggressive” [closed]

I am writing a story in which a man has ambivalent feelings about a woman. He often goes out of his way to disrespect and disparage her. My question is whether this behavior counts as aggressive. I ...
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Why are both blazing or blazingly appropriate?

This SE QA explains that both blazing and blazingly are valid English words (despite what my spell-checker claims). Can anyone explain why they are both valid, and the difference between the words. ...
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What meaning is “legitimate(ly)” gaining?

I'm familiar with the following meanings of legitimately In a way that conforms to the law or to rules and In a way that can be defended with logic or justification; fairly (both from ...
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''due to'' or ''because of'' [duplicate]

So I stumbled upon this sentence: ''Aside from a flexible vagina which is due to the pelvic muscles' elasticity [...]'' And I wonder, shouldn't there be ''because of''? Because it modifies the ...
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Easy is to beginner as medium is to

I want to display three levels in my game...but I don't know what the text should say. easy -> Beginner medium -> ? hard -> Expert Basically, I want the form that describes the person ...
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What part of speech is “alight” in “set alight”?

In the clause it was set alight, is alight acting as adverb and modifying was set an adjective and modifying it; or something else entirely that I'm missing. I'm fairly certain that set ...
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Does 'droll' have a negative connotation?

I'd taken droll to mean something like drily amusing, but without any implied negativity. But I've often heard people say Very droll! in response to something that they appear to find mildly ...
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What is a word for making fun of someone that's learning or new at something?

With as many word suggestions as possible, what words can you use to describe a person who makes fun of someone for being new to something or learning? Like for example, being shamed for asking ...
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Can “Christmas” be used as an adjective?

I was just wondering whether I can write Christmas-colored stockings Christmas can be a modifier like Christmas gift, but can it be used as an adjective?
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Can ungradable adjectives be used as gradable?

I was under the impression that ungradable adjectives cannot have comparative forms in any circumstances, because there are no degrees in those adjectives. But I found a quotation from George Orwell ...
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Using a proper noun (specifically an acronym) as an adjective

Is it colloquial to use a proper noun as an adjective if there isn't a corresponding proper adjective? Going further, is using an acronym/initialism as an adjective okay/formal? I'm trying to prove ...
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Single Adjective? “Better than expected” -Negative

I need a word that means 'better than expected, but still not good'. It seems that every 'better than expected' word has a positive connotation, what I want is a neutral to negative connotation. It ...
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What's the best adjective to define a person's attitude to project thoughts into the future?

Regardless if optimistic, negative, or realistic, it should depict an innate quality or ability, rather than a professional skill. I'm not trying to adjectivalize the scientific thinking of a ...
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Spermatozoan or spermatozoal?

Spermatozoon is a single mature sperm cell. The plural is spermatozoa. Which of the following is correct: "Spermatozoal motility" or "spermatozoan motility"? Or should it be something else? Googling ...
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Differences between 'sensual' and 'sensuous'

Both are adjectives; Sensual: "Connected with your physical feelings; giving pleasure to your physical senses." (OALD) the origin is from Latin sensulis, from sensus 'faculty of feeling, thought, ...
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what is the meaning of “game” in this context? [closed]

A - Awesome music. We'll improve it. You game? B - I'm game. I have no idea what "game" means here.
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Were to find synonymous for very + adjective?

As an exercise, I am going thorough I paper I wrote and trying to replace all (or most) adjectives in the form of "very + adjective" with a word. I feel that if done good this would greatly improve my ...
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Somebody who doesn't want to work but wants materials and luxury?

What would I call somebody who, like the title says, doesn't want to work but wants luxury and items/materials?
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Adjective for not knowing any better

I can't think of a word that would describe the feeling of not knowing any better. The description is for a child, and the sentence would go like: He was young and an adjective with this meaning ...
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Is there any particular rule for specific colours in adjective order?

I read here that there is a general rule to write an adjective order. But I didn't find any explanation if the rule has a specific order for colours, especially for primary colours. This may sound ...
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What do you call a type of person you don't want to become? [closed]

Say this person had every single personality trait that you despised. Somebody that you don't want to be like or be associated with. What would this type of person be called?
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Word that describes a 'noun that can be used as an example'?

In my native language, there is a word that is usually said to exceptional people. It is an adjective that means, for example, that you are so great, you could be made an example for others. To make ...
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Adjective equivalent of “As old as the hills”

Is there a one-word, more formal adjective for the expression "as old as the hills" ? The idea is that there is something very old but a little forgotten today (and usually one uses this expression ...
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Describing a person who prefers older (not new) or vintage things [duplicate]

Is there a word or phrase that refers to a person who prefers older (not new)or vintage things?
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What is a word for “giving more meaning to something than it deserves?”

Or something that tries to convey more meaning to you than it deserves to. It's an adjective similar to "condescending." I'm almost certain the word starts with an "e."
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In the sentence “We do have free will.”, what does “free” stands for?

In this sentence "We do have free will.", is "free-will" a compound noun? And if so, is "free" an adjective? Edit I'm talking about the theological concept of "free will". Which, in some cases, you ...