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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Difference between 'melancholic' and adjective 'melancholy'?

Is there any difference in meaning between the adjectives melancholy and melancholic? Can they be used interchangeably? The Oxford Learner's Dictionaries define them as follows: melancholy ...
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Can a person be “overly literal”

It's common to say someone is being overly literal if their interpretation of a phrase is too strictly literal either intentionally (nitpickers) or unintentionally (people learning another language). ...
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What is the correct adjective suffix form for tropism?

A tropism is a type of biological response where an organism reacts to a particular environmental stimulus. For instance, try searching for gravitropism or phototropism and you'll see what I mean. ...
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What is a noun for “one who is responsible”?

The word "responsible" works as an adjective only. What is a noun for a person who bears some responsibility (i.e. is accountable for something)? Note: Originally my question was longer, but the ...
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A word that describes someone who 'sees/brings out the good in others'?

The person doesn't have to be good themselves, but they can bring the good out of others. The word doesn't have to be an english word, I just want to know if such a word exists. Ex. Beauty with the ...
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Adjective for someone who doesn't react when someone insults them? [closed]

What's a good adjective to describe someone who doesn't react when someone does something immature or insults them?
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A word that implies 'unique' (on an object or act)

First time posting here, no idea if this is the right sort of question but I'll give the full background and let you decide. I play a game called DotA, in which there are items which modify the way ...
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“Potential,” “wanna-be”: what's an equivalent for “should-be”?

If "Ooze News could be a title for my website about slime molds," I can say: Ooze News is a potential title for my website about slime molds. If "Janet wants to be a pilot," I can say: Janet ...
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What is a better alternative to the word rickety?

My sentence is "The system was so badly designed that it has now become rickety. Even a minor change could cause the entire system to collapse". Rickety just doesn't seem to fit well.
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It was too tempting a chance to resist

One day, I came across this sentence: This chance was too tempting a chance to resist. Even though this sounded perfectly natural to me, as I tried to get the full meaning out of it, I ...
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what do you call a person who is good at making improvements on the way things are done?

I'm thinking of a skill or a characteristic trait that is descriptive of someone who is always asking him/herself: "How can this be done more effectively?"
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Why adjective can be placed after “eat” as in “garlic can be eaten raw”?

Edit note: This question with some good answers does not explain (or ask) why it is an adjective that's used as opposed to an adverb in this type of construction: Is this an objective complement or ...
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Strong vs strongly

''We started strong...'' ''We started strongly...'' Which one is correct? I thought that ''started'' required an adverb, but I've recently heard someone say ''strong'' and now I have this conundrum. ...
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Descriptive word for someone who sees the world in black and white

Trying to think of a characteristic trait for someone that sees the world in black and white...almost like decisive / moralistic / ethical but not quite. Things are black and white, there's no gray ...
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Can I use the word “Applicator” to describe a person in the following context?

Here's the context in question, please read on: "The final proof is in the listening and John knows this. This knowledge makes him a designer in constant dynamic relationship with what he makes, ...
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Use of “due to” after modal verbs [duplicate]

I understand the simple distinction between "due to" ("adjectival") and "because of" (adverbial), but I get a little confused when the sentence includes modal or complex verbs. For example, could one ...
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A way to describe the sound a car makes when you're cranking it over, but it won't start?

What words or phrases can be used to describe a car unsuccessfully starting, i.e. a car that won't start when the key is turned in the ignition. I am writing a satire on the dependence which people ...
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Is there an adjective for the word “dictionary”?

Is there an adjective for the word "dictionary"? For example, the adjective for "book" is "bibliographical"; and "literature", "literary". A bibliophile may give you a literary definition; a ...
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To infinitive used after adjective

This question is relatively simple. I don't understand why we never use passive form of to infinitive after the adjective unless the subject is "it". For example: He is difficult to please. ...
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Is this term correct? [closed]

I wonder if this sentence "I m the most recent fan here" is correct? I mean if the word "recent" can describe a person?
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Quarter Asteroidal Hypocycloid, in Layman's Terms

Take a gander at the hypocycloid. You may recognize the shape from the logo of an American football team... My question is, how do you describe the tip of one such shape in common parlance (in ...
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use of “due to” or “becasue of” with modal verbs

I understand the simple distinction between "due to" ("adjectival") and "because of" (adverbial), but I get a little confused when the sentence includes modal or complex verbs. For example, could one ...
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Helping-adverbs vs. Helping-adjectives vs. Adverbs of degree

I've recently come across the terms helping-adverb and helping-adjective in some old grammar books. From the book A practical grammar of the English language (by Roscoe Goddard Greene, 1830): A ...
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What is the adjectival form of “place”? [closed]

Space is to spatial as place is to what adjective?
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“Hair” to is “hairy” as “key” is to what word? [closed]

There is a noun hair, so person who has a lot of hair is hairy. So how about key; is there any word that means that person has keys. In programming terms, a container has keys for every value, like in ...
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What do you call a person who uses the required amount of resources? [duplicate]

A person who does work with the maximum care in order to avoid waste. Example: A wife who cooks only for the number of guests invited at that moment.
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When should we use an adjective instead of an adverb after verbs(main verb)?

Here's the SAT sentence that raised my curiosity: Strong wind, sweeping almost unchecked over great distances, is a prime component of the grassland climate. Although I know the sentence above ...
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“The man who has smoked a lot” – change to adjective phrase?

Often, if we have a noun modified by a relative clause, we can substitute an adjectival (participial) phrase for the relative clause: A man who collects newspapers → A newspaper-collecting man ...
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“Easy” vs. “simple”

Are those two words equivalent or is there a difference? When would I say something is easy rather than simple, or vice versa?
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Single word to describe someone who changes topics a lot

Is there an adjective that describes a person who changes the subjects a lot? As in, conversation subjects. EDIT: I found the word "discursive" which means to digress from topic to topic. Considering ...
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“low educated”? “poorly educated”? Other

Sample sentence: "In contrast, low educated women who are employed in low-fertility countries are more likely to decide against second childbirth than those who are not employed." That sounds ...
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Is there a word for “conjugating” an adjective?

Verbs can be conjugated to past/future tenses. Nouns can be pluralized. Adjectives also have comparative and superlative forms. For example fast, faster, and fastest. What is the word that describes ...
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An adjective for an inconspicuous event that later lead to great things?

I'm looking for a succinct/elegant way of describing an event that went largely unnoticed at the time but in retrospect was the beginning of something much larger. For example, the birth of the World ...
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Counting with arities

The Wikipedia entry for arity lists a sequence of adjectives meaning in group of (a particular number of elements). When referring to numbers between 0 and 10, the -ary adjectives are: 0 - nullary 1 ...
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What is the position of nouns that work as adjectives?

I normally invert an adjective, as in "a red flower" and "a car door". However, I have seen the use of "code red" in a situation of emergency. Why is that? I am also not sure if it is correct to ...
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Word that means “general preference to flee from/avoid commotion/attention”

Something that doesn't necessarily embody fear but cautiousness. Contextually, this could relate to social environments. A desire to remain in tranquil environments. A general preference of calm ...
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Correct adjective for “Cannot be ordered according to (criterion) A”

For example, talking of a criterion to order pebbles named the Zwet criterion: Despite its strengths, it should be noted that most pebbles cannot be ordered according to the Zwet criterion. ...
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What are the adverb and adjective for “content”?

Well, as it is said in the title of my question, I'm wondering what the adjective and adverb of content are. Similarly, we have context whose adjective and adverb are contextual and contextually ...
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Is there an adjectival or adverbial form of “legacy”?

For example: This process orders entries in a <word-ic> way     (adjective) This process orders entries <word-ically>     (adverb) My first thought was ...
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Standard searchable term for “in person” (of a meeting)

For example, if I were to search Google for support groups and wanted to filter out everything that wasn't in person, what word is my best choice? The words "in" and "person" are individually too ...
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English, I'm asking if trash can be an adjective in this sentence formation:

"This has been thrown in the trash can." In this instance, wouldn't trash be an adjective describing what type of can it is? I'm being told by a German English teacher that 'trash can' is a noun in ...
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Word that describes something that performs as advertised or expected

I'm looking for a specific word, but I can't remember what it was. It begins with "a" I believe, and its definition is something along the lines of "successful in its endeavor, successful in its ...
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Adjective 'small' vs 'short' while describing length i.e. 'small length' or 'short length'?

I am confused about the adjectives 'small' and 'short' when they are used to describe length and length scales. I think that 'The line is short.' and 'The line is of small length.' are correct, and ...
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What are some of the most intense and beautiful adjectives that a writer can use to describe the word “laugh”?

I'm looking for adjectives conveying energy and pure unadulterated joy, specifically modifying the noun "laugh". (Or, alternatively, "guffaw") Thanks so much!
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Is there an adjective equivalent for “more succinct”?

Generally speaking, I want to say that x is equivalent to y but one is more succinct than the other, in a single word if possible (because ironically "more succinct" is not very succinct). E.g: 4 is ...
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Can I create adjectives with -type suffix?

In a document, I define two different types of memory accesses (but it could be anything else): We distinguish between two types of memory accesses: mem1 accesses and mem2 accesses because they ...
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Is it correct to say “big kind hands”?

Is the arrangement of adjective correct in the sentence below? The man’s face was in a shade when big kind hands lifted me up and held me. Also, is the sentence easy to understand? (The man with ...
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“eldest” vs. “firstborn”

A family genealogist discovered that his grandparent who was believed to have had six siblings actually had two more who had died very young; one died a few days after birth. The firstborn died at ...
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Transgendered vs. Transgender

In the 1990s the preferred umbrella term used by and about people who weren't in alignment with their birth gender was "transgendered." Despite the fact this was grammatically correct and didn't have ...
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Adjectival form of “type”?

Is there an adjectival form of the word "type" that means "having to do with types"? The obvious adjectives "typical" and "typic" mean something different (roughly, "characteristic"). Context: In ...