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 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 ODO)...
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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 the ...
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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 ...
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Why the adjective “vague” comes after the noun “change”?

In Longman dictionary there is an example for disingenuous which says "Keeping the details of the tax changes vague is disingenuous." the adjective vague precedes the verb is and follows the noun ...
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whatever way that S+V

Is it grammatically wrong to include the relative pronoun of "that" between 'whatever way' and 'you look at it' in the following phrase in BBC News. The citizens of Glasgow lose out whatever way that ...
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How can a pronoun “one” be a noun?

I asked a question some days ago about if an atributive-only adjective can be followed by a pronoun one, for example in this sentence When the Olympics began in 779 B.C. There were not a lot of ...
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the number of boys in the class is fewer than that of girls- correct or not? [duplicate]

The number of boys- countable or uncountable? I'm confused with this sir.
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Can an attributive adjective come before pronouns?

For example, the attributive adjective only and pronoun one: can we say "there is only one"?
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Difference between “difficult” and “hard” [closed]

According to Dictionary.com Difficult difficult [dif-i-kuhlt, -kuh lt] adjective not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully;...
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Euphemism for Poor Performance

I am looking for a euphemism to be used on a student evaluation form that relates to poor/unsatisfactory/unacceptable performance. I do not want to erode the self-esteem of a special needs audience. I ...
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When do we use “overwhelming”? [closed]

This word is rarely used in Russian. I only know that we can say "overwhelming majority". Could you explain the defition of this adjective giving some examples?
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Can we use the word “steady” to describe a person? [closed]

I know it's possible to say steady arms or steady decision. But what about people? I found in the student's book that this word is allowed to use when you describe personalities. Is it true? And ...
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Should nouns used as adjectives be in plural?

In Spanish, we say "Servicio de reservas" and in English we are in doubt about these options: Bookings Service Booking Service Booking Services The problem is that we think that the first one ...
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Why is it “noticeable” and not “noticable”?

Here's something weird. I made a typo today in an essay and got minus points for writing "noticable" rather than "noticeable". I thought you drop the vowel at the end of the verb when you add -able. ...
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Word for the blackness of charred wood, that emphasizes it comes from charring?

What is a word to describe the blackness of charred wood called with a word that emphasizes that it comes from charring? Of course it is technically usually identical to jet-black, but is there a ...
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What is the etymology of the word “basic” as used in current slang? [duplicate]

For those not familiar with the term, it is used mainly by teens and 20-somethings. The definition can be found at Urban Dictionary (look at definitions 1 and 3). Specifically, I am not talking ...