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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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 ...
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what adjective would describe a person that only does righteous things when they have to?

They don't do it because they want to, but only when no one else can or are able to. They only do it because they have to, because they're told to.
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phrase or theory that describes “if he can do it then so can I”

What is the phrase or psychological term that describes someone who gains confidence based off of another's performance? Moreover, they use it as a motivational foundation and it relates to behavioral ...
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semi-business-related?

I'm writing my statement of purpose for grad school application. I would like to express "I came from an academic background that is half business-related", as I majored in E-business. What is the ...
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How to enumerate adjectives without using the same noun? How to give preference to the noun?

I like orange, chocolate, strawberry & banana, kiwi, pineapple and vanilla milkshakes. Imagining there are many more adjectives, in case someone wants to emphasize and give preference to ...
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Correct use of hyphenation with multi-word noun and adjective [duplicate]

I am not a native English speaker and was wondering how to properly combine the noun "password policy" and the adjective "based". So for "policy", I would write "policy-based", but how about ...
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Can “meticulous” be used to describe inanimate objects?

Can "meticulous" be used to describe a room or some other inanimate object, or is it only descriptive of behavior?
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Is “not actual” in “potential, not actual harm” an adjective phrase or an adverbial phrase?

I think this affects comma placement, right? If it's an adjective phrase modifying harm, then I think it would be: "potential, not actual harm" If it's an adverb phrase modifying potential (by ...
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known vs recognizable [closed]

Which of the following answer is correct? Laura was worried. She was not in a ____ area any more. She was lost... a) common b) known c) recognizable d) intimate Thanks!
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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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Is there an adjective meaning “that which provides insight” with a negative or neural connotation?

Consider the sentence (1): The Allies reprinted Axis propaganda during WWII, and the Axis reprinted Allied propaganda. There were some exceptions, but clearly they saw [adjective] value in the ...
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Adjective for advice

In my native language, there is an adjective for "advice given without much consideration". To translate it literally in English it would be "void advice" or "dry advice". Meaning, the person giving ...
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An adjective for “in the wrong register”

I'm trying to fix this sentence: There's a lot of poor word and phrase choice that is either redundant, in the wrong register, or flatly ungrammatical. The problem is that the compound ...
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How would you describe the lava in a lava lamp?

I can only think of the word morphing but that is pretty boring and not exactly what I am looking for. I want to talk about the way that they seemingly levitate as it changes and absorbs itself while ...