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

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What is the “explicit”'s equivalent of “imply”?

Note: The original title of this question was "Why is 'exply' not a word? While considering the words implicit, implicate, and imply, it struck me that I can't think of an equivalent to imply for ...
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What's the opposite of “precede”?

In the particular context that I'm in, I was writing about several lines of programming. For simplicity, let's call them: line a line b First, I described line a. Great. Then I wanted to write ...
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What is the opposite of “cooking the books”?

I'm trying to describe being on top of things accounting-wise but can't quite find the words. Is there some kind of idiomatic antonym for "cooking the books"?
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Antonym to “news”

I have very old info. Is there a concise term like "news" that I can use to describe this? Update: I am looking for the antonym for news. Can I say oldies?
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Antonym for atmosphere? [closed]

To be used for either meaning (air around the planet, or aura/feeling of a location) of the word atmosphere. Earth and vacuum are the closest I can think of for air atmosphere, but all I can come up ...
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Why are not “infamous” and “inflammable” the opposite of “famous” and “flammable”?

Why are not infamous and inflammable the opposite of famous and flammable, like incomplete, inactivity, inappropriate and so on?
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Antonym for cumulative

If odometer provides cumulative data. Then which type of data speedometer provides ? I mean that every measurement of that type of data is a separate value and do not depends on previous or next one ...
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What is the opposite of “authentication”?

An authentication is the action word for "to authenticate". "To disauthenticate" and "to unauthenticate" do not seem to exist (I might be wrong). So what is the most appropriate opposite action of ...
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Proper antonym for “expand” [closed]

I am creating an application that has a small panel that has an "expand" button. When the user expands it, he will be able to shrink it again. What would be the best antonym of "expand" to use here?I ...
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What is a better antonym pair than “upmost” vs. “deepest” for blood vessels?

I’m thinking about the opposite ends of a blood vessel, so perhaps the “upmost” blood vessels and “deepest” blood vessels. My problem is that I like neither word quoted in the previous sentence. ...
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What is the opposite of Peripheral?

I want to know the opposite of the word peripheral. For instance, one can have peripheral branches of the trigeminal nerve and upmost or something. What is the right opposite word of peripheral?
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Antonym for “necessary”?

A thesaurus may suggest ‘optional’ as an antonym for ‘necessary’ but this isn't the word I'm looking for. I need a word which means ‘cannot be included’ as in the phrase, “The country code is ...
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What will be the opposite of “teetotalers”?

I just come across a word teetotalers that means "A person who never drinks alcohol". What will be the opposite of this word in the same context?
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What is the opposite of the word “confirm”? [closed]

I am looking at the following usage in particular: "I want to confirm this theory."
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Relationship between “ductile” and “malleable”

What is the relationship between the words ductile and malleable? They are definitely not antonyms, but can we call them synonyms?
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Is vilification the process leading to vindication?

Vindication is at the same time both an intoxicating and an unhealthy emotion. It says, "I told you so." "I was right despite your best efforts to dissuade or punish me." An example of usage: ...
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Word for people who don't make their deadline

What is the correct word to describe the people who have not finished their work after the deadline? For the antonym, there is finisher, but I can't find *unfinisher in the dictionary.
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A different sort of antonym for Schadenfreude?

Schadenfreude is the joy or pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. What is the word for the feeling of discomfort derived from witnessing the misfortunes of others?
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Words develop their opposite

I remember once hearing a theory--first promoted, I believe, by Freud--that words develop to mean their opposite, and that eventually the new, antithetical definition takes primacy. Cleave is a ...
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Words with opposite meanings in different regions

I can't recall it, but there is a word in American English which now means the opposite of itself in British English. What words are there that have opposite (not just different) meanings in different ...
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“Tomboy” but in reverse

The word "tomboy" is used to express the idea of a girl who behaves in a boyish manner. It's not usually considered a negative term, or at least not very negative, and generally just means the girl ...
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Opposite of expanded?

I am looking for the word to use when saying the opposite of expanded/expand/expansion etc... Here is an example of how I want to use the word: In the summer the wood expanded, now it is winter ...
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Opposite of “specialized” in the context of computing units

A graphics card or an algebraic co-processor is a specialized computing unit. A conventional CPU, which understands a lot more instructions, is a flexible computing unit. I'm not happy with using ...
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Whats a word for a non-communicable (non-contagious) disease that has still spread throughout a population?

Normally I would use forms of the words epidemic, pandemic, or infection but these would imply that the disease in contagious. Are there any words that mean a disease has spread but is not contagious? ...
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What's the opposite of “happy to”?

When I need to deliver someone an unfortunate news, what would be the opposite phrase to: I'm happy to inform you... or I'm delighted to give you this news...
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What's the opposite of new comer ? Is veteran ok?

Someone who has just come to a new workplace may be called a new comer. What about someone who has been at a workplace for a while or a long time? I have looked up the dictionary. Does veteran(veteran ...
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Word for “person that I supervise”

What is the best word to refer to the person that I (directly) supervise, in the context of a corporate workplace? The closest I can think of is employee, but that doesn't directly convey a direct ...
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What is the opposite of the Devil's Advocate?

If I am arguing against a proposal that I may actually agree with, then I am playing Devil's Advocate. However, what if I do not necessarily agree with the proposal but am arguing for it, with the ...
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What's the opposite word for “sin”?

I would like to know if there is an opposite word for sin in English. I mean, how could I say the opposite of I committed a sin other than using a negation?
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What is the opposite to being “consumed”? [closed]

What is the opposite to being "consumed" in a sense of being soon to be "consumed" but not yet happened to be. Or, to put it in a different way, is there a nicer way (synonym?) to say "unconsumed"? ...
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What's the opposite of “oxymoron”?

What's the opposite of oxymoron? That is, two words put together that seem identical?
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What's the opposite of a “round number”?

A round number is defined, informally, as one with lots of zeroes at the end, or one that ends with a 5 (perhaps because it's easier to give change to). What would you call a number that wasn't ...
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Opposite of Ground Up

Is there any opposite of "Ground up" phrase? Something like "Top-down : Bottom-up"
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What's the word for a counterparty of a customer?

When I want to refer to the people (and organizations) who supply me with the goods and services I consume---that is, those of whom I am a customer---what word do I use? My candidates: Customee ...
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Antonym of syllogism?

"deduction" is a synonym of "syllogism". "induction" is an antonym of "deduction" I was wondering if there is a antonym of "syllogism" which share the same suffix as "syllogism"?
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antonym of “supple” in “supple skin”?

What is an antonym of "supple" in "supple skin"? From Merriam-Webster online dictionary, I saw the antonyms of "supple" are " inflexible, rigid, stiff, stiffened". I don't think these antonyms are ...
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Words that mean the exact opposite to themselves [duplicate]

As I'm sure everyone is now aware, the OED has now acknowledged that "literally" can be used to mean both "figuratively" AND "actually" -- two words with the opposite definition. It got me wondering: ...
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Opposite of “summarize”

I want to indicate that some text has been made longer while emphasizing that no new content has been added. Desired usages: I need to anti-summarize this paper to reach the ten page minimum. ...
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What is the opposite of “alexithymia”?

Alexithymia refers to a state wherein a person cannot understand or describe his or her feelings, and means literally "without words for emotions". Is there a term (psychological, medical, or ...
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What's the opposite of “extending the deadline”?

Extending or pushing a deadline means giving more time to work on a project. But what if you want to say you are changing it so that the task is due earlier? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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Word for describing someone whose name is the opposite of what they are?

I was wondering if there is a word to describe someone whose name is diametrically oppossed to who they are. For instance a firefighter whose last name is Arson or a swimmer whose last name is Dry.
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One word for “opposite of 'sin'” [duplicate]

I have checked many dictionaries but there is no one opposite of 'sin'.
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What is the origin of “nonchalance?”

While reading a newspaper I saw the word nonchalance, looked up in dictionary, and read it is a negative word meaning "indifference; carelessness; coolness." It looks like the opposite of chalance, ...
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Antonym of all: none, not all, both?

If you ask someone what the opposite of "all" was, most times the answer will be "none", such as the example of "no one" is the opposite of "everyone". There are three antonyms for "all" on ...
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The opposite of “rights” — “obligations” or “responsibilities”?

Lead SA composed a Bill of Responsibilities to complement the South African Bill of Rights and express those rights in a practical way. I think it is an inspirational idea, but I expected the ...
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What is the antonym for the verb “support”?

For example: I support Bob's decision to quit his job. What word could you use in place of support to make that sentence have the opposite meaning?
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Inversion of Spiritual Successor

If B is a spiritual successor to A, then what would one call A in relation to B? The obvious answer would be spiritual predecessor, but that seems inaccurate, since spirit seems to refer to intent - ...
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Does the word “exgest” exist?

A colleague of mine found reference to the word "Exgest" in a contract. In context, this appeared to mean the opposite of the word "Ingest" which was used earlier in the contract. These words were ...
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Word for 'end of an era'?

I'm looking for the correct term for the "end of an era", preferably a single word. Essentially I'm looking for the antonym of epoch. Google's dictionary defines epoch as The beginning of a ...
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Does “heuristic” have an antonym?

As a computer software engineer, I find that "heuristic" seems to be taken de facto, with no acknowledgement of any negative connotations, i.e. aspiring to more explicit, measurable, absolute ...