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

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Opposite of additive

Additive as in additive manufacturing, i.e. in 3D printing for example. How can traditional processing methods, like a lathe for example, be described? I believe I have seen ablative being used in ...
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What is the opposite of case-sensitive and does “case-insensitively” exist?

I thought it was "case-insensitive" but there are very few sources. If it's correct, what is it's adverb? As a non-native english speaker i would say it's "case-insensitively" but that sounds odd and ...
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Antonym of Elder

After looking up the antonym of "Elder" and only finding "Younger," I'm wondering how to better say the opposite of: Respect your elders as Respect your youngers seems kind of strange to me. ...
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What is an antonym for “refactoring” with regards to programming?

Consider this definition of "refactoring" from Martin Fowler's book, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code: Refactoring is the process of changing a software system in such a way that ...
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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...
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Why do the sentences “I have to get a job” and “I need to get a job” mean the same thing if 'have' and 'need' are antonyms?

For example, "I have a job" and "I need a job" are opposite statements, but "I have to get a job" and "I need to get a job" are the same. I understand that they are no longer modifying the same words, ...
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What is the opposite of “intensifier?”

Adverbs, adverbial phrases, or devices of any sort that are used to add force or emphasis to the meaning are called "intensifiers." I wonder if there is a name for phrases that caste some doubt on the ...
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Opposite of “Sugar Daddy”: A young person supporting an older person (financially, materially, sexually)

I have done quite a bit of searching, no result. Is there a term for the young equivalent of a "Sugar Daddy/Momma"? Not a "Sugar Baby", but a young person who does what a "Sugar Daddy" typically would ...
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An antonym for 'sought-after'

Whenever describing something that is seldom looked for or desired I often verbalise it with "ill sought after" without hesitating. (ignore that ill is its own word, the trouble I'm having writing it ...
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Is there a counterpart of “sufficient”/“enough” meaning “not more than the needed maximum”?

I understand the meaning of the word sufficient like defined in Merriam-Webster: sufficient = enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end So mathematically said: not less than ...
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Whats the “height” version of, elongate?

I figured elongate would just mean to "make longer," and would be orientation/dimension dependent. I Googled it just to double check, and a lot of definitions refer to "longer in relation to the ...
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True antonym to braggart/exhibitionist?

Braggart is a noun meaning someone who boasts about their achievements. Exhibitionist is also a noun meaning a person who acts in an extravagant way. Another example of a word in this synonym-family ...
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What would be the opposite of Room 101?

Room 101 is known as the place where all horrible things are placed far away from visibility. What would be the opposite, a place where you display the things you love and enjoy?
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Complement of “dealer” or “trader”

What is the complement to a "dealer" or "trader" called? Is the person who sells something to or buys something from the dealer a "customer"? Even when he sells something?
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Antonym of “Portable” in the context of a computer programme?

First, some background information... In terminology regarding computer programmes, the term portable typically means being operational without having to install. In more advanced speak, it's where a ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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Antonym of Hapax legomenon

Aware that such a beast may not exist in the wild, I've painted myself into a corner in a naming scheme which now requires an antonym to hapax legomenon. What is to be done?
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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How to concisely handle words that don't have an antonym

I work in software for a living, and have had a problem recently with the language I use to describe software components. This profession increasingly reveals itself to need the skill to accurately ...
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Is there an opposite of “gifted” as a verb?

Is there an opposite of "gifted" as a verb? For example when it's used such as "you are gifted with high intelligence". How would you say "you are (insert word) with poor reasoning skills".
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What is the antonym to 'elevation'?

How do I say an opposite of "elevation of an object over the plane" which would mean "the level of the displacement of an object under the plane"? That is, I am looking for a word in "??? of an object ...
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Antonym of Overlap?

I'm looking for a word which means "leaving space around", as an antonym of overlap. Specific example case: The server's service stops between 23:00 and 00:00 UTC, therefore to avoid generating ...
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Is there a single-word antonym for “Opportunity”?

We would often say there is "an opportunity" somewhere, but I can't find any evidence of a word to describe a dearth of opportunity. It's derived from opportune, which has inopportune as a negation, ...
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Antonym for “Praise”? [closed]

I'm looking for an antonym for "Praise". I thought of the word "criticism", but it's a rather ugly word. Does anyone have any other suggestions for an antonym?
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Why doesn’t autocorrect software like “unauthorises”?

I was writing some documentation and trying to write a sentence that ran like this: It then unauthorises the transaction. I soon realised this wasn't a word, and it kept correcting this to ...
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What is the antonym of “armiger”?

I wonder to know is there any word which is the antonym of "armiger"? armiger: one entitled to armorial bearings (Webster). A noble who has not a coat of arms is called ??? There is a possible ...
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Antonym for Perception?

What would be the closest thing to an antonym for the word "Perception" (noun), which means "that which is received through the senses"? It seems like there are no definite antonyms for this word.
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What is the antonym of 'prime time' for television?

I am looking for a word that has opposite meaning of 'prime time' in television (like early morning news...).
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What do you call a 'Nickname' that's longer than the actual name?

I'm pretty sure I used to know the term for a nickname that was longer or an expansion of a person's name. EXAMPLE: My name is Sunny but friends sometimes call me Sunshine. Though longer, Sunshine ...
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Antonym for 'serial', as in 'a serial publication'

I'm looking for a word that signifies the opposite of a serial publication, where a serial publication is described like: The first novella in a three-part series. Or: A quarterly ...
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is there any word for simulation with effect in the real world?

I am looking for a word that would describe human to computer interaction with effect in the real world. Like flight simulation describes unreal mirror of a real flight. But in case person sitting ...
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Antonym of “crepuscular”?

What is the antonym of "crepuscular"? Crepuscular animals are most active at twilight (crepusculum = twilight). Thus, the antonym of "crepuscular" would refer to animals most active at midday or ...
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Antonym of “time-critical” or “time-sensitive”

I'm looking for a word or phrase to indicate that something does not need to be rushed/expedited. That isn't to say the subject is unimportant, but merely not sensitive to time. I am using this to ...
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Word or phrase for success in spite of incompetence

We might talk about someone "slipping through the cracks" if they're capable but don't find success in some area, but how does one express the converse of being highly successful in spite of ...
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Is there a verb opposite of “to exist”?

I can say that something exists or that is does not exist. Should there not be some way to express the opposite of the verb "to exist" as a substitution? Or can something the doesn't exist be allowed ...
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are “all-male” and “all-female” opposites of androgynous? [closed]

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] 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 there an opposite term ...
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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 ...