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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Opposite of “trendy” without a negative meaning

I am looking for an opposite to the word trendy without giving a meaning that those who adopted the trend are old-fashioned in hindsight. For example, Service Oriented Architecture is the trend as ...
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A word for weariness after travelling?

Is there a word meaning something along the lines of weary, haggard or generally not at one's best after a long journey? Something like travel-worn, but better? As a compelling motivating example, I ...
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“Magic” versus “magical”

Two-part question. We say magic wand and magical creature, and swapping the adjectives would definitely be wrong. Are there rules about which one to use, or is this a classic "use whatever sounds ...
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Flying as far as somewhere or to somewhere?

The following excerpt is taken from an article of VOA Health report "Africans Flock to South Africa in Search of the Perfect Body". How far would you go for a perfect body? Many people these days ...
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A single word meaning 'easy yet powerful'?

I'm looking for a single adjective to describe a piece of software which is very easy to use, but has powerful features for users who have access and knowledge. It's for a succinct marketing ...
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A better word than “disabled” [closed]

I have recently completed a 'Lean' project on enhancing customer experience in a Hospice. Before submitting my report, I was taking a stock of the various signage at the hospital. A few of them read ...
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What “Extravagant culture” could be used as an antonym to “Spartan”?

"Spartan" is an adjective derived from Sparta, an ancient Greek city-state famous for its austerity. The adjective is used today to mean basic and minimal. I'm looking for an antonym, i.e. a culture ...
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Similar term to “visual” for audio?

I'm looking for a term for audio in form of the word visual. Visual is defined as of or relating to the sense of sight What could you call the sense of hearing? Also, what do you call this ...
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An Adjective for a Fast Reader [closed]

So in The Chosen by Potok. One of the characters named Danny Saunders is a super fast reader. I have to write a Character Analysis report and turn it in before next Tuesday (16 Dec.). I was wondering ...
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What is the adjective form of efficacy? [closed]

The word efficacy is often used in the medical field. For example, a paper might be on the efficacy of a treatment or a particular drug. The word, of course, implies how effectual that treatment or ...
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Word for “something that is required but cannot be achieved”?

Alternative definition: "something that is needed but cannot be done" Impossible is the best I could find, but it doesn't imply that the subject is required; only that it can't be done.
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Proceed vs. Proceed further/ahead- Redundancy

In a training session on Business English, the instructor often said, proceed and proceed further, usually, after a pause by the speakers or whenever he interrupted. Examples: I ...
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A word that describes stories with negative and unfulfilling endings?

I'm trying to find a word or phrase that describes the ending to a story where the outcome is generally negative and unfulfilling. At the end of these stories, the protagonist usually makes a decision ...
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Does “caffeinated” make any sense?

A while back, when we learnt how to remove the caffeine from coffee beans, we coined the word decaffeinated to denote coffee that's had the caffeine taken out. I've noticed more and more recently, as ...
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Adjectives and nouns position: before or after?

What's the difference between Rain of Fire and Firerain? Is there a rule for that? For me, the first is literal, you are describing what is raining. The second case would be used to name something, ...
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What is a cross-nibbed pen?

He also thoughtfully provided ink and a cross-nibbed pen, with which I wrote my post cards, and which I hope you received in due time. From Domestic Life in Rumania by Dorothea Kirke, 1916.
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“Tickle Monster” vs. “Tickling Monster”

My small kids like tickling - we play a "Tickle Monster" game. I am wondering, is there any difference between word pairs like tickle monster vs. tickling monster tickle machine vs. tickling machine ...
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Is “missing person” considered a compound noun?

In the phrase missing person, is the whole phrase a compound noun or would missing be considered an adjective that modifies person? It seems like in many situations when it is used with other ...
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Word to Describe One Who Speaks Politely but with Conviction [closed]

Imagine you are at a debate on a controversial topic. One of the speakers presents her case straightforwardly and with conviction; there is no doubting her stance on the issue. At the same time, you ...
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Is there an adjectival form of “commodity”?

The adjective would apply to the word dependence. I'd like to say commodital, but Google says it isn't a word.
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A word for the quality of being easy or good to talk to

What is a word for the quality of being easy or good to talk to? It is more than just being a "good listener." And it is not "open-minded," in that it's not about being receptive to new ideas. The ...
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Why do we say INcomplete but UNcompleted?

I'm a native speaker and it's just occurred to me that this is a strange irregularity: "The work is incomplete." < Fine "The work is uncompleted." < Less common but still sounds ...
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Part of speech of “brief” and “short” in the phrases “in brief” and “in short”

The phrases "in brief" and "in short" function as adverbs, but as what part of speech do "brief" and "short" function in these phrases? "Brief" stands alone as both a noun and adjective and could be ...
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Fragments and Full Sentences.

"Popular museum located in an old warehouse." Is this a complete sentence? I feel it could become one by changing it to "A popular museum, located in an old warehouse."
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“Finance” is to “financial” as “trade” is to what? [closed]

What goes in the blank? Commerce → Commercial Finance → Financial Trade → __________
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Is it correct to say “more sufficient”?

I suggest that the maintenance period be from 12:30 to 2:30 so that we can have more sufficient time to handle if any unexpected problems occur. Is it correct to say more sufficient?
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Releasatory? Releaseful?

What would be a good word to describe something (like sex) which gives a lot of release. The sense is "rewarding, emotionally fulfilling and physically ...releaseful?"
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Mathematical Institute or Mathematics Institute: Which of these is correct and why? [closed]

Many titles of universities or research institutes have a variety of adjectives before the noun institute. Example: Oxford University and Chennai have a Mathematical Institute each. Then, there are ...
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“in danger”: an adverb or an adjective?

Is the expression "in danger" an adverb or an adjective? Why?
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Noun or adjective required [closed]

What would be correct? I am standing at 100 feet high, or I am standing at 100 feet height. Thank you!
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A turned on or off car?

Will these expressions sound natural (to native English speakers)? Any better way to say: 1 - A turned on car 2 - A turned off car 3 - An idling car 4 - An idled car 5 - The car is turned off 6 ...
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What are the appropriate adjective and verb that match “load”?

Hello, everyone. I want to ask a question a little related with the computer. Suppose the requests from the users are shared by more servers as we have deployed more servers. Thus every server ...
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Difference between 'Educational' and 'Education' system

As a non-native-speeker, I'm having difficulties to understand difference between 'Education system' and 'Educational system'? Is 'Educational system' appropriate at all?
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Collective term for physical as opposed to virtual (digital) destinations

I am looking for a word or phrase that encapsulates the following collection of nouns in the sense that they are all physical, proper entities, and that you can go inside them: Words that apply to ...
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Oil is slippery; rubber is _____?

What's the best word (or words) to describe rubber's 'gripping' property that is the opposite of oil's slipperiness? It's not 'rough', since rubber grips without necessarily being rough.
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Self-Employed or Freelance

I'm re-writing my CV and am unsure which adjective to use, Self-Employed or Freelance. What is the difference (if any) between the two?
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Are there cases where it is correct to use “more” with a monosyllabic adjective?

In general, it appears monosyllabic adjectives in English form the comparative by the -er suffix. Are there any cases where a monosyllabic adjective can be preceded by more but still be grammatical ...
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Adjective that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless? [closed]

I'm looking for an adjective or a noun that simultaneously means fearless and hopeless. A word x, such that x = fearless + hopeless? To elaborate, x is a feeling. I know I will die today and that ...
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Is “agnostic” an appropriate substitute for “indifferent”?

Recently, a co-worker used the term agnostic to indicate that he had no strong preference for either of the two options under consideration. I don't remember exactly what the discussion was about, but ...
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Adjective that means “snake-like”

If bovine means related to the cow or ox, what is the word that means related to the snake?
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A phrase with adjective + noun

I am following some repositories. (I am a programmer). I want to call them "followed repositories". Is that correct?
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Words for describing an events start time

I am trying to classify events into two distinct groups. Event, in this context, means a public event which people might go to. This includes a broad collection of things including concerts, plays, ...
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Is correct expression “gone her/him/me”?

I've watched the movie "gone girl". However, I thought that how about "gone her". Then, I'm not sure that correct English expression "gone her". There is the move title, "Despicable me". That word is ...
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Does the phrase “espoused narrative” make sense?

Recently I've been told my usage of this term is incorrect, but I've seen it being used often enough. Context I've pulled from google "This may well also allow the EU to illegitimate these ...
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Adjective after instead

The study described in the article shows that implementation of dynamic LED boards doesn’t show a clear increase in traffic flow at the bottleneck before congestions, probably because the LED ...
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In search of a word: Contingent but without fail

I'm in search of a certain word which I cannot find in the dictionary or the internet, but I found something like it. The word is contingent. con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt) adj. Liable to ...
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“Craven, crass and mafioso tactics”--failure of parallelism?

Read on the internet: "Voters rejected the craven, crass and mafioso tactics of [name withheld because this is a question about grammar, not politics]." Sounds odd to me, because craven and crass are ...
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What's a word for running away from who you are? [closed]

The word being sought indicates not accepting who you are so that you try and run from it, hide from it, create a fantasy world to mask reality.
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is 'the' an adjective? Please tell [closed]

I've looked it up in Hindi dictionary that tells me that the is an adjective. I googled but couldn't get that is an adjective
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order of adjectives - deleted recent questions vs recent deleted questions

From what is introduced here, "recent" is a kind of age and "deleted" seems to be a kind of specific opinion, so this structure seems to be correct: "deleted recent questions". Actually I was ...