An antonym is word with a meaning opposite to another word.

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are “all-male” and “all-female” opposites of androgynous?

In the book The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin, the residents of a planet are all androgynous. Then a male human, named "Genly", arrives to this planet. I am looking for a word for his ...
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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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Is there an antonym of “ruthless”?

Is there a word that means the opposite of ruthless? I don’t think ruthful is a real word.
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Why is the word 'narrow' an antonym to the word 'emphatic'?

I have been doing some antonym and synonym exercises as part of my preparation for a verbal reasoning test, and I was asked to pick an antonym for the word emphatic. There were four choices given to ...
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What is the opposite of 'identity' in this case?

I am looking for a word that describes the exact opposite of identity. I have this sentence that says The identity operator returns true if the operands are strictly equal. In other terms is there a ...
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The opposite of 'attend' [closed]

What is a word (a verb) for the opposite of attend (to a class, to a conference...)? Unattend? Disattend? If there is not such a word, then maybe not attending could be OK... EDIT: The context ...
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Is there an opposite term for [sic]?

In academics, the note [sic] (for Source InCorrect) is used to make it clear that material lifted from a secondary source was incorrect as the author found it, as opposed to a mistake in the text. Is ...
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Opposite of “excess” in this context

What would be the appropriate word opposite to "excess" in the following sentence? The excess number of particles in the box is negative. I want to write about a depletion of particles rather ...
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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 the phrase “refuse to accept” redundant?

The word "refuse" is an antonym of the word "accept"; does this make the phrase "refuse to accept" redundant and/or linguistically incorrect?
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What is the opposite of decoupled (computer science)

The image of decoupled (two train cars separated) is clear. In computer science, writing "decoupled" code is a Good Thing, it implies breaking code into discrete pieces that can be tested ...
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Seeking single word denoting a word pair in which one cannot exist without the other

Years ago a friend told me about word pairs in which one word cannot exist without the other word. The example he used was inside and outside. That is, inside cannot exist without its necessary other ...
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What does being a team player mean? [closed]

Today I was told I would not be hired because I give the impression that I'm not a team player. I shrugged my shoulders and never denied the accusation. If someone is a team player, what kind of ...
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Correlate is to Correlation as X is to Causation [closed]

When A is correlated with B, it means A shares 1 or more properties with B.¹ On the other hand, if A causes B, it means there's a causation between them.² What I would like to know is the word that ...
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Is there a single word that describes someone who hates themself? (Antonym of narcissist)

Situation: Alice is telling Bob that Charlie doesn't love himself, like Bob thinks. In fact, Charlie hates himself. "You don't know him. He's the antithesis of a narcissist. He's a ______" I'm ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Is there a term for words that are holdovers from an old technology that aren't apt for a new, superseding technology? [duplicate]

(Old title: Is there a word for: A new word for a new technology is simplified, and the resultant word well describes the old technology, but not the new.) The example I have in mind is "to ...
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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Antonym for “unify” that sounds equally as eloquent?

Is there an antonym for the word unify that sounds just as "eloquent" as the word itself? I feel like separate isn't really that great of a word.
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What does “opposite” mean?

In a mathematical sense, the opposite of "X" is "not X" and this works in all cases. But in language text books, or in common usage, there is a lot of ambiguity in "opposite". Eg. Father ~ Mother Son ...
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Opposite of more often than not

"More often than not" is an expression to say that an event "happens more often that it does not happen" (see http://english.stackexchange.com/a/187722/63461). How does one express the negative of ...
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Politically correct substitutes for (fe)male and (wo)man

I assume feminists criticize the English language for the pairs man/woman and male/female, because both look as if one gender or sex was considered a special case for it is denoted by putting an ...
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Antonym of 'saint' [closed]

I was wondering if anyone could tell me the antonym of 'saint'. The definition of saint I'm looking for is 'someone who is venerated for holiness'. I Googled a little and couldn't find any credible ...
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Antonym of nomad

What do you call someone who isn't a nomad? Someone who has a fixed abode. I tried a google search, but this post and this one had some rather disappointing answers.
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Subtrahendum/Subtrahenda

We are familiar with addendum (and addenda), which we take directly from Latin to mean "something (or things) added" This is used especially in regard to written work such as books. Today I was ...
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What is the opposite of superficial? [closed]

I would like to tell my friend to stop dating men who are so superficial, but state it in a positive way. Please help me complete the sentence: "You should date men who are more __________." So ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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opposite of free

I'm looking for the antonym of free in the sense of liberal. non free country A country where something is not legal is not free. PS. I read other questions but I could not find any suitable ...
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Word to describe relationship between “infinitesimal” and “infinite”? [duplicate]

Would infinitesimal and infinite just be antonyms of each other?
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What's the masculine form of boudoir?

What's the word for a man's bedroom or private room -- as opposed to boudoir, which is a woman's bedroom or private room? If one doesn't exist in common English usage, what would be a French loanword? ...
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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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What is the opposite of “in name only”?

I want to describe a player who is not officially the captain of a team but shoulders as much responsibility. I have read the phrase in name only being used when a person holds a title, but doesn't ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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Opposite of filter in the computer sense

If I have some data and want to remove all data that matches the predicate, I would call this predicate my filter condition. If I want to remove all the data that doesn't match the predicate what is ...
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antonym of “to register with”

What is the antonym of the phrase to register with? I'm not looking for the antonym of to register itself (that's to deregister) but for the correct dependent preposition. For example: to register ...
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Antonym of copypasta

Is there any antonym for "copypasta", preferably in the context of computer programming? I can't think of anything more concise than "written from scratch". Neither Wiktionary or Urban Dictionary ...
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Single word antonym of “empathy” [closed]

Looking for a single word antonym of the word "empathy". I think it is the word "Apathy", but I feel that it could change depending if the word "empathy" can change depending on the context or not.
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Word for “less far” meaning the opposite of “further”?

Is there an equivalent like "further" of "less far"? "I still have energy, so I want to run further." vs "I am out of energy, so I want to run [word meaning less distance]"
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Does the word prepone exist? [duplicate]

I always thought that the opposite of postpone is prepone(also remember my english teacher telling me this). Today I realised that the word prepone does not exist in the dictionary. So is it used ...
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Antonym for “endorsement”?

What would be an antonym for endorsement? E.g. His poor performance and results served as an (anti-endorsement) of his technical method.
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Antonym: “repetitive”

Let's say there's a video game that never gets boring no matter how much you play it, because there's always something new to do in it. What would be a term to describe the game? The opposite would ...
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Is there any word for the opposite of a “bug” in programming?

A "bug" is essentially when a program fails to function as expected/desired. What I'm looking for is a word for the opposite of that - a function that is desired but isn't supposed to be working yet ...
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what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist [closed]

what word describes a word/concept for which no negative connotations exist (like community or capital)?... words for which a benign goodness is assumed and no pernicious alternative exists
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What would the antonym of “tempt” be?

To tempt somebody is to entice them to do something bad that they don't necessarily want to do. The understanding of the word carries elements of both persuasion and wickedness. What would be a ...
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Which is/which are the antonym/antonyms of “to narrow down”? [closed]

Example: "In order to narrow down your search, you should ...". How would a native speaker say the exact opposite?
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Antonym of “perfect, flawless” with the meaning that *everything* is faulty

Example: Peter got a perfect/flawless/impeccable score: 0 errors for 100 questions. John got a ? score: 100 errors for 100 questions (Yes, he filled out the questions. And probably smudged with the ...
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Antonym of “advance”

As the word advance is used as a verb in the following context: "Advance to the next page" what would be an appropriate antonym that would make the most sense in an user interface and have neutral ...
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Antonym for “ad hoc”

I am going to find an appropriate antonym for "ad hoc" (done for a particular purpose only) to be used as the adjective of a kind of general-purpose device. The best choice can be "general-purpose", ...
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What is the opposite of “arch” as a verb when talking about movement?

When on all fours (hands and knees): If the verb to bend the back upwards (forming an arch shape) is "arch", what is the verb to bend the back down (forming a valley)? Or is there a short phrase that ...