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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How are careers described? Over or during? [on hold]

What is the best usage? To say "Over my career, I have..." or "During my career, I have..."
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Latin (in wide use in English) for nonsensical response?

There is a Latin term or phrase (in wide use in English, esp academic discourse) that one uses in situations like the following: one makes a statement or asks a question one's interlocutor makes a ...
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A adjective similar to ominous

In education, teachers may use the term "the district" when referring to the school district. It often has a negative connotation. An example may be: "I heard 'the district' is going to cut all of ...
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An adjective for “one who doesn't understand or appreciate the importance of something”

There is an adjective in my mother tongue (Turkish), "kıymet bilmez"... We use it to describe the people who don't understand or appreciate the good things, the good opportunities etc. which they ...
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Resolution for the double “the” problem

Consider the following sentence: "With the Nike shirt, your workout will be complete". How will I say the same thing about a shirt of the brand "The North Face"? The least awkward option will ...
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Offering a lot of control without complexity [on hold]

I'm looking for a word that describes something that is very easy to use, has a lot of features and able to be controlled with ease. Any ideas?
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What is a word to describe something which cannot be broken down any further?

I don't want to use the word elemental, nor axiomatic, as both terms are already defined and in popular use. Anyway, the way I want to use the term is not to describe the part, or type of part itself,...
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“Nervous” vs. “anxious”

Are these words interchangeable? When would you use one over the other? For example, is it correct to say you "feel nervous" or "feel anxious"? Is it correct to say you are an "anxious person" or a "...
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the order of adjectives [duplicate]

Can anyone explain the reason behind the order of adjectives. Why do we say "The small brown antique house"---rather than the brown small antique house" or "the antique brown small house", etc.
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difference between post deictic and epithet

I was looking at some examples of the two, and there was one example including two sentences of different kinds that I couldn't sense the exact difference between. Deictics: The identical three (...
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What is the word for something that is non-divisible?

I'm looking for a generic word, an adjective, that means non-divisible. Like the opposite of compound. I am looking for a word I can use in the context of programming, where you can have data types ...
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A good word for the opposite of pretentious?

Q: What is a good opposite of pretentious? The dictionary definition is: "Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed." To which I can think of: ...
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Why does “face” turn to “faced” when used as a compound adjective? [closed]

I ask this question out of curiosity more than anything. We use the word "face" as a noun, but when it is used in a compound adjective, it turns into "faced": The features of his face hardened. ...
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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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What is the reasoning behind the “urban” slang word “tight” coming to mean “cool/great/slick”?

How and why did the word tight come to be appropriated in this sense, for example as in, "That car is tight, cuh!" ? I mean, one easily extrapolates from the "normal" definition to understand why ...
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Generosity has generous. What is the equivalent for animosity?

A so-called friend of mine once thanked me for my animosity. Animosity is a noun in this usage. What is the adjective associated with animosity? I guess there isn't one. But what is the closest word ...
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Is there a term for a word whose presence achieves the opposite effect to the one intended?

Specifically where the intent is to interest, excite or entice the reader. Such words often come across as 'not-quite superlatives', or create the impression that lawyers have been involved in wording ...
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Adjective for object that makes another obsolete

This is for a relation between two objects that have a parent-children relationship. In this particular case, I am keeping a list of addresses that belong to users. When one user modifies their ...
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adverb vs adjective?

I checked this and this ansver, but it still unclear to me. Let's say This car is fast (slow, careful, lazy) Here fast/slow definitely is adjective, it describes the car. But if we modify ...
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Adjective for a type of conversation where no real information is conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection.

There is an english word (adj) that refers to a type of conversation where no real real information is being conveyed but rather the speakers are establishing a connection. A casual conversation ...
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What is the opposite of “steep”?

In rock-climbing, we describe an incline as "steep" (which is anything from 90 degrees to overhanging) but we don't have a good word to mean "not steep". At least I've never heard anyone use one; ...
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Is the word 'expensive' negative or neutral? [migrated]

I'm not a native speaker of English. I'm trying to teach English learners positive and negative words. I found this word in students' textbook, which only gives me the choice between positive and ...
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Adjective for describing a forehand shot in tennis that requires a lot of effort

I'm looking for an adjective to describe a forehand shot in tennis that requires a lot of effort (from hard hitter, baseliner, e.g. Thiem, Del Potro...) as opposing to an effortless, elegant forehand ...
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Adjective for objects (graphs, networks or polygons) having the same number of edges

I am looking for an adjective form to describe similar geometric objects (graphs, networks, polygons) that have "the same number of edges" (for a technical audience, a scientific paper). [EDIT] Based ...
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Is there a one-word adjective for “needs moderation”?

When forum posts get flagged for some of several reasons (offensive, copyright violation, etc) and are waiting for a moderator to look at them, they are [adjective]. I'm not looking for "offensive", ...
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Correct usage of well-known in a sentence [migrated]

I was wondering about the adjective well-known's usage in a sentence. How is it used correctly? Can one say/write: I am well-known about my sister-in-law's arrival to England to visit me. She's ...
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“That's great.” Is “great” here an adjective or an adverb? [closed]

"I cleared the exam." "That's great." Is 'great' used here considered an adjective or an adverb? An adjective defines a noun while an adverb is related to a verb. My belief is that here it refers ...
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Is this a correct sentence - “driven” or “drive”? [migrated]

Today I driven a car or Today I drive a car. Is the above sentence correct? I mean I used past participle as an adjective. I know past participles are used as an adjective but sometimes I get ...
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I washed the dishes clean

Firstly, is "I washed the dishes clean." a grammatically correct sentence? If it is right, I have a question about it: in this sentence, is "clean" an adverb or an adjective? I think that "I cleanly ...
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What's a good word for a lack of concentration?

I'm looking for an adjective that describes not concentrated. Something like "flying around", "not really here". In hebrew it would've been מעופף.
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What would you call a person who has a bad reputation and tends to attract gossip?

I want to describe someone who has a bad reputation and tends to make people talk about him (in a bad way) because of how he behaves, before saying that he's actually passionate and kind. Overall, he ...
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What is preferable way to say the phrase “changeble weather”?

I'd like to know what is the best way to express the situation when the weather changes very often in American English and in British English. For example: "The weather is changeble/irregular/fluid/...
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Adjective form of the verb despise?

Saw the title of the movie where minions come out - "Despicable Me" - I was curious, as despicable has the suffix -able, what would be its verb form? Then, I thought, is it de-spice? Which made me ...
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dependent vs depended vs depending [migrated]

Low rainfall isn´t depended/dependent/depending on heat. P.S. This is from my exam. And there´re many doubts about the question. Personally I think that both depended and dependent are suitable. But ...
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This is a street on which many famous churches are

Is the sentence in the title correct? I had to join the sentences below into one using adjective clauses. This is a street. Many famous churches are on it. Traditional English: This is a street ...
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Archaic way of describing the one who never kills / slays

Want to address a character (in 3rd person). That character has lied several times so cannot be immaculate (as I thought it would be). Any word which is less filtered than immaculate? This character ...
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What do you call the date you stop doing something?

What do you call the day or date you stop doing something? Something like graduation, what is the formal description of that date?
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An antonym for “sad”? [closed]

It's common to say: "Isn't it so 'sad' that such and such happened." Implying that the event in question induces a feeling of sadness. Is there an antonym for this use of 'sad'? "Isn't it '...
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Can one form an adverb from any adjective?

I'm trying to form the following sentence: ...we can talk more substantiatively in the event that X occurs. The term "substantiatively" isn't in either the computer dictionary or online at m-w....
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What's the meaning if someone says you are ridiculously cute

Meaning of ridiculously cute. It is in positive or in negative sense??
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Use of “as + adjective” [closed]

From what I know, "as" always precedes a noun as in: "My brother is seen as the boss." Does the same apply when using adjectives? "He is seen as strong." "He is seen as stronger than Bea."
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What is an adjective for a group of people who have already been convinced of something?

I'm looking for a word that could be used to describe a group of people who believe the same thing. The members of the blog site worked hard to win others over to their political views, unaware ...
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Sought: Term for nominal use of adjective [duplicate]

If this turns out to be duplicative, I apologize. Is there a concise term for the use of an adjective -- without a noun -- AS a noun? For example, instead of "Rich people often eat lobster ...
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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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How do I choose between a noun and a participle when picking one to use as an adjective?

I know that I can use both a noun and a particle as an adjective but what do I have to ask myself when choosing between them? For instance: Talking points, talk points Information ...
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Adjective/ Collocation with 'Caution:' — Why does 'huge' sound odd?

Simon Johnson, Scottish Political Editor, The Telegraph UK, 11:08PM BST 07 May 2015: Nicola Sturgeon: I'm treating exit poll with huge caution Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “I’d treat the exit poll ...
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How does 'shot to death' function?

In these examples: UCLA engineering professor shot to death in apparent murder-suicide 16-year-old Chicago boy shot to death while walking to school Gorilla shot to death when child falls into ...
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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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Using adjective of number

Which of the following does "There are three dogs and cats" mean? There are three dogs and three cats. There are three dogs and there are also some cats. There are 3 animals; they can be either a ...