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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Is a dark polka dot necktie dark?

In The Syntactic Phenomena of English, McCawley considers the phrase "a dark blue necktie", and concludes that "blue" in that phrase is simultaneously a noun and an adjective. It modifies the noun ...
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What's an adjective to describe something “Of or relating to a row”?

Columnal: "Columnar" Columnar: "of, relating to, resembling, or characterized by columns" Tabular: "of, relating to, or arranged in a table"
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Word that means that someone is too powerful

More specifically, if they have the power to wiretap your communications, powerful as in power, not as in strength. A _____ [powerful] person who holds a menacingly huge amount of power who makes ...
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English equivalent to “grandecito” in Spanish?

What is the equivalent to "Grandecito" in English? At first it seems redundant because in English you cannot say, "big-small" or "small-big". I have heard, "its biggie". I also have heard, "biggish", ...
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What do you say when something is possible to parse or process?

When you want to process or parse something and you say it can be done, how do you say that the right way? Is it parsable, parseable, or processable? Which is right? I can't find any of them in ...
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Difference between “classical” and “classic”

What's the difference between classical and classic? Should we say classic content in textbooks or classical content in textbooks?
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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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What is an “American style shopping mall”?

Consider the phrase: "American style shopping mall?" Implicit here is a large multi-story enclosed gallery with lots of shops on a passageway that connects the "Generators" (large department stores ...
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Should I say “increased” is an adjective in the following sentence?

Is "increased" an adjective in the context which has come after the verb "get". Senselessness of leaders is getting increased. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you in advanced.
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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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Term for numbers that have at least one non-zero significant digit after the decimal point?

So, a number that is nothing but fractions is "fractional". A number that has a whole number and a fraction is "mixed", if you want to call it that. And the portion after the decimal point is called ...
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A word which means “military-like” or “authoritative looking”

I ran into a word recently that I never knew existed and now it is killing me that I forgot what it was. It was a word that described what someone is wearing that looks like it is military, or of ...
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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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Adjective for something that is medium-lived

I am looking for an adjective that can be used to describe something that is somewhere between ephemeral, transient or temporary and persistent, permanent or continual in length of time. That is, I ...
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Is “caught you unawares” correct?

I read a book and came across "caught you unawares". I kept thinking it's supposed to be "caught you unaware". Is this an acceptable form or was that a typo or something?
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Is there a single word (or expression) used to describe a person who only does their job when the boss/manager is watching?

"Quick the boss is coming, we need to look busy" Is there a single word (or expression) to describe a person who only does their job while someone (the boss/manager) is watching, but who does ...
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How do I determine which adjective to use here?

It was a treat to see your group perform its music at the community event. Could you do the same for us at a private gathering next month? My company will be hosting a welcoming celebration for ...
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An adjective that would subtly imply that the criticism is not a personal grudge

I have expressed disapproval of sb/sth and my professor has escalated the issue to the management stating behavioral issues. I am writing a letter explaining what went wrong. I want to state that ...
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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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Possessive of a word that is already possessive

If the cricket ground Lord's is a possessive, what if you want to describe something belonging to Lord's? Would you say "I was very impressed by Lord's's customer services"? It doesn't look right, ...
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In place names, do the words qualifying the place act as an adjective?

If you have a place name such as “The Sierra Nevada Mountains”, does Sierra Nevada act as an adjective? My guess is yes, since they qualify the noun mountains, e.g.: “Which mountains? The Sierra ...
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What do you call someone who thinks everyone is incompetent (doesn't know anything)?

I'm looking for a way to describe someone who thinks everyone is incompetent (that is, doesn't know anything) and always has to explain every minute (small) detail because his perception of the ...
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British and Canadian but not Coloradan?

In the May 11 issue of this year's New Yorker, the ever-excellent Atul Gawande wrote (emphasis mine): Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted ...
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Reminding others of one’s favors for them

What do you call a person who keeps reminding others of one’s favors for them? When you fight with a person who then keeps telling you I did that I did this for you and so on. I want to tell them that ...
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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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Redundancy in “becoming increasingly”

Isn't it redundant to say "becoming increasingly (adjective)"? I know this is a common construction, but it seems to me that increasingly already includes the idea that it is already (adjective) but ...
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Word to express a building's potential to be guarded against a forced exit

I am looking for a word that expresses the idea of a prison being difficult to escape because of its physical construction, in a similar way that 'fortified' means a structure is difficult to attack ...
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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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“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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What is the meaning of “phantastic” and what does a dated form of a word mean?

I recently saw this word used in a Android SE post and at first I thought the user misspelt the word but actually I found that a word "phantastic" exists. The phantastic meaning of yourdictionary ...
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Joyful vs Joyous

Is there any difference between the usages of the words joyful and joyous? E.g. Could you say both "He was uncontrollably joyful." and "He was uncontrollably joyous."?
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Adverb or adjective when used to describe an infinitive?

"To play basketball" is an infinitive phrase. An infinitive phrase is generally used as a noun. Is the word "professionally" as in "To play basketball professionally..." an adjective or an adverb? Is ...
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Correct order of adjectives in “A new comfortable bed” [closed]

"A new comfortable bed"" or "A comfortable new bed" Which one is correct?
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The word to know when you don’t know how to feel?

What is the word to use when you don’t know how to feel? Such as instead of saying: He didn't know how to feel You could say He felt ____.
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Appropriate word for a young person who behaves like a cynical old person?

What is an appropriate term for a young person (child, or teenager) whose words and actions mimic that of a much older person from a previous generation? Such a youngster would demonstrate strong ...
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How to tell if an adjective is attributive or predicative [EFL context]?

I've been reviewing my grammar lately and I feel a bit stuck in adjectives. Yeah, I know it's not a big deal of a topic, but I think I need some help here because I'm in the language teacher role. I ...
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The use of the suffix -al in adjectives [duplicate]

As a non- native speaker of English, I often find myself struggling with the usage of the suffix -al in adjectives. For instance, what's the difference between the words "historic" and "historical", ...
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“Someone of Company” or “Someone from Company” [closed]

Which one is correct to say? "Hi, it's Jack of HP Inc" "Hi, it's Jack from HP Inc"
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Opposite of “titular”?

This is something that's been bothering me. Titular is an adjective which identifies an object as the source of the subject's name. According to Google: Titular: denoting a person or thing from ...
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Is there a word for the opposite of being hollow?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes an object that, rather than is just the outside, is instead just the inside. Searching for antonyms of hollow, I have only found the word solid, which ...
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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 misconception of “embroiled”, and what word(s) should be used for what I **thought** it meant?

Here's a sentence I just wrote: The Chief was embroiled with passion in his work. Luckily I immediately looked up the word. To my dismay, I had a completely wrong understanding of the word ...
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Word for the feeling of dread/complacency that comes when starting something new

Is there a word for the feeling of that comes when faced with something new and you really have to push yourself hard to actually start and get into the flow of said task or situation? It seems to be ...
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repetition of articles

Let's say you have three nouns separated by "or" or "and", and all three are always used together and have the same attibutive noun : Example: market force, market strategy and market segmentation ...
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What is an appropriate word/phrase for the feeling one has when doing something that feels sort of disagreeable, even though it is good

All I can come up with is "it felt so wrong, like using a Coca Cola to take a vitamin" Edit: In that example, it's not so much the idea of "cancelling out" the benefit of the vitamin, it's more doing ...
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Adjective question

Somewhat confused here. When you write out dumbass (please excuse my French) showing possession, is it written dumbass'? I know my punctuation isn't correct, but I need to know if this correct. Thank ...
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Person who has had a program hard wired into their daily routine

What is the best word to describe a person that has done the same thing contractually for a long period of time, to the point in which they still carry out these tasks without being specifically ...
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What is an adjective referring to “someone who puts people down”?

I was just thinking about someone I went to school with who had a penchant for putting people down, and I was trying to think of a word that describes this, but couldn't find it. It would be a synonym ...
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Can something be “blacker” than something else? How common are single-word comparatives and superlatives for color-designating adjectives?

Merriam-Webster implies that the comparative and superlative for black are blacker and blackest. However, my native British colleague says he would never used blacker, only more black. How common is ...
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Is there an English equivalent to “Presque vu”

Is there an English equivalent to "presque vu": the feeling that something is on the tip of your tongue? Usually, I hear "on the tip of my tongue", however, I am curious to know if there are other ...