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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an adjective meaning a question which can be answered several ways

It's sort of similar to the phrase open-ended. It's also sort of similar to the phrase ambiguous.
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time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo

"time-sensitive documents, goods, articles or cargo" In the phrase reproduced above, does it mean that only documents are time-sensitive or does time-sensitive apply to goods, articles and cargo as ...
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Is there one word for people who always keep others above themselves?

For people who go an extra mile to make others comfortable, be it friends, family, etc. I need an adjective or a noun, most probably one word, that can describe people who always keep others above or ...
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what is the best adjective for an uncalm sea? [on hold]

What are the best adjectives describing a chaotic and uncalm sea? I mean, when there are horrifyingly tall waves.
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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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What's a word for someone who does what they say?

I'm looking for a single word that means something like 'being a man/woman of your word', or 'follow through' as a noun. I tried using 'integrity' at first, but that has other implications, like ...
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Can you use “of yours” for a noun that has a superlative adjective? [closed]

I have a question about the usage of the pronoun "those" with the pronoun "of yours" like in this sentence: The only one who knows "those" worst secrets of yours is me. I know that if I used ...
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A word for “always looking for self-improvement”?

Is there a word which describes a person that is always looking for self-improvement (i.e. is aiming for perfection, never satisfied and is always looking for areas of improvement)? Thank you.
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A synonym for “soft” with a negative connotation

I'm looking for a synonym for soft, as in the opposite of coarse or crass. The context is a young French woman in Nazi Germany who asks a shopkeeper for something to catch a mouse in her house. The ...
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What is the difference between “feudal” and “feudalistic”?

They are both adjectives related to feudalism. But what is the difference between the two in actual usage.
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Smaller vs. less vs. lesser

I am confused as to some of the vocabulary that can be used to compare numbers and quantities, and would very much appreciate some clarification. I suppose it is safe to say that 1 is smaller than ...
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Changing a person's name into an adjective

What do you call it when a person's name or group's name is changed into a adjective? Is it "conversion" or "functional shift"? For instance, saying a band's music is "Beatlesque" or that someone's ...
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Negative versions of extreme adjectives

If something positive is "too much", it becomes negative. For example, too much security could be perceived as being trapped. Is there a term for this relation? In other words, if a word with a ...
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Why “ruled supreme” instead of “ruled supremely”?

In this sentence: With George, his perfect manservant, and Miss Lemon, his perfect secretary, order and method ruled supreme in his life. Why is ruled followed by supreme instead of by ...
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Adjective for “wide” space?

I'm trying to translate something from Japanese. The original is talking about a store that is very "wide", i.e., its sideways dimensions are disproportionately long. You could think of it as a place ...
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Proper term for knowing four or more languages?

If bilingual means you know two languages, and trilingual means you know three, what would be the proper term for knowing four, five or even six languages?
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“It's 20 meters thick” versus “It's a 20-meter-thick layer.”

I know that both of these expressions are correct, but I'd like to be able to explain exactly why the first one is correct. Of course compound adjectives are hyphenated (second expression), but in the ...
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Describe someone who doesn't want anything better to happen to anyone else

I'm looking for a one (two might be ok) word description for a person who doesn't want anyone else to have a better life than himself. This is the type of person who will break your crayon on purpose ...
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Adjective meaning 'interesting, but not relevant'

I'm looking for a word to describe a podcast I was listening to. The podcast was interesting, but contents weren't relevant to my life or objectives, it was just an interesting story that you might ...
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Why is “biblical” the only proper adjective to not use upper case?

Generally, when an adjective is derived from a proper noun, the adjective also has a capital initial, hence Googleable, Mancunian, British, and Shavian. (In contrast, verbs are not given capitals, ...
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Should I place a comma or “and” between the adjectives “frequent” & “new”?

I have a phrase "Frequent Automatic Renewals". Must there be a comma, or should I separate them with an "and"?
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Is there an adjective that can be used for “increased storage capacity”

If something becomes faster, we say this is an improvement in speed. If something becomes lighter, we say this is an improvement in weight (assuming that a low weight is desirable). If something ...
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What category of adjectives is this? i.e. adjectives entirely unlike their nouns

Consider the noun "Jupiter", either the Roman god or the giant gaseous planet in our Solar System. The adjective is "jovian", entirely unrelated. Is this a distinct class of adjectives? I suspect ...
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“Complicated” or “complicating”

Can anyone tell me why sentence (A) is wrong, and (B) is correct? (A) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicating." (B) "The topic of landmines is very heavy and complicated." To me, ...
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Can adjectives be placed in front of verbs, e.g. “The duck was busy diving for food”?

The duck was busy diving for food. The duck was busily diving for food. Are both sentences grammatically correct? If the first one is correct, does it mean that adjectives can be placed ...
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What does 'a beautifully-proportioned room' mean?

“Oh I would never dream of assuming I know all Hogwarts’ secrets, Igor,” said Dumbledore amicably. “Only this morning, for instance, I took a wrong turning on the way to the bathroom and found ...
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Word for “the capacity of habituating to new environment”

I am in search of a word that has the meaning of 'capacity of a person to habituate to a new environment'. I can use adaptability. Like he is more adaptable than others. But 'adaptable' may not ...
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Noun for “person with intermediate skill”

I'm looking for the noun form of "person with intermediate skill". For example, in the context of a particular activity, "person with no skill" might be designated a novice, and "person with much ...
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Adjective after Verb in “He looks tired” [closed]

How do we call the verb "looks"? Is it stative verb? How do we call the adjective "tired"? Any linguistic term to call it? Is it attributive adjective?
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Fissile equivalent for fusion

If an isotope(such as uranium 235) can support fission, one might say it is fissile. What would you call a material like deuterium can support fusion, what would you call it?
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Racial connotations of the word “uppity”

I was told that the word uppity has some racial connotations originating from the times of segregation in the South. I never thought of it as such. I kind of like the sound of the word but was ...
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How to translate these kind of phrases?

I am confused in translating some kind of phrases such as these. Which one of the pairs is true? If both, What is the difference? and what is the meaning of the phrase? (I mean if I want to explain ...
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“Above”/“below” before/after a noun

I have seen sentences similar to the following: (1) See the reference above. (2) See the reference below. And, (3) See the above reference. But not, (4) See the below reference. ...
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“In the figure below” or “in the below figure”?

I frequently encounter this in technical documents and I am wondering which one is correct. In the figure below or In the below figure
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Is there a word for someone who is intellectually mediocre? [duplicate]

I am looking for the noun for a person who is intellectually mediocre. Words like fool, moron, dunce, loser, idiot, etc. are all too negative. They describe a person who is intellectually worse than ...
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What is the difference between “phonetic” and “phonemic”?

I've read several descriptions but I still don't understand. From what I can gather, the main (or only) difference is phonemics is not concerned with "nondistinctive elements" but I don't know what ...
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pattern to predict -ent vs -ant? [duplicate]

Is there any pattern to predict whether to use -ant or -ent, in words such as those below? abundant / attendant / arrogant VS abhorrent / absorbent / dependent I find -ent seems to be more common... ...
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Adjective or adverb? [closed]

Which is correct? I want her to grow up confident. I want her to grow up confidently.
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An adjective to indicate that there is too much text on a slide

Your slide is too adj What's an adjective to indicate that there are too many words on a slide?
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What is a word for a person who uses resources to the maximum?

Is there a word (or words) for a person who uses all resources to the maximum; for example, a person who keeps on using pencils even if they are very small?
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Same adjective for two nouns

The government placed restrictions on both diesel fuel and diesel engines. Here I dont want to repeat the diesel. I cannot write: The government placed restrictions on both diesel fuel and ...
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What is the difference between “acquisitional”, “acquisitive”, and “acquisitory”?

I am actually a native speaker, but this one threw me. "Acquisitory" seems to be associated with avarice/greed, possibly specifically for material goods. "Acquisitive" also seems to be related to ...
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What does “pneumatic” mean when applied to a person?

For example, in this review of the movie Unknown, Mark Kermode refers to Liam Neeson's character's wife as being played by "X-Men's pneumatic January Jones". I'm never quite sure whether this refers ...
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Can/Should an adjective and an attributive noun be used to modify the same noun?

I am writing a scientific thesis and wondering about the heading of one of the major parts. The part gives detailed information on experiments (experimental details) that were performed and ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...
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Use of the adjective “ape” to describe similar objects

I recently got a mail from a customer saying that something went wrong on his "ape computer". As a non-native english speaker, I know that the verb "to ape" exists with the meaning of "to mimic". I ...
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“Accessory” vs “included” as adjective (BE)

I'm wondering about the use of the word accessory as an adjective. Would it be preferable in BE to say something like "This DJ controller comes with accessory headphones"? I feel that "This DJ ...
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Is there an adjective to call someone who gets bullied?

I need an adjective to call someone who gets bullied. An adjective for a victim.
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Repetition of indefinite article with several adjectives

Sindbad was a rich and a famous sailor. Sindbad was a rich and famous sailor. Which of these are correct? What is the general rule for using articles before a noun with two adjectives?