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

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What's the logical opposite to “onboarding”?

When you have a lengthy process after hiring someone, you call that the "onboarding" process. Is the term "offboarding" correct for a lengthy end-of-contract process? Or what would that be called?
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What's an antonym to “legacy”?

I am struggling to find out what the best and shortest way is to describe the opposite of a legacy system (especially in software architecture, where legacy means the system used previously). I need ...
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Positive antonym of brunt?

You're taking the brunt normally when a storm of bad events hits you the hardest and deals most harm to you. How would you call it when a storm of mostly unrelated positive events leaves you ...
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Reason vs. purpose

Just now I wanted to explain why I was doing something, then I wrote "the purpose of doing something is blablabla". Immediately I wondered why I didn't write "the reason of doing something is ...
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Is there any expression that is the opposite of “slippery slope”?

Slippery slope is a subtle and powerful English expression. Are there any expressions that are opposite or contrasting of that expression? The sense of slippery slope I have in mind is Small ...
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What's the opposite of 'dense' [closed]

I'm referring to densities of materials, not the number of particles per unit volume.
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Schadenfreude and its direct opposite [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A word for being troubled at others' potential schadenfreude against me This is the ability to laugh at others' misfortune. What word would you use if you knew that ...
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Using Ngram to Choose an Antonym [closed]

I'm looking at using Google's Ngram to pick out the word that is the closest to an opposite of a given word by looking at the frequency and correlation over time of the two words. For example, I ...
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Antonym for the verb “subordinate”

I'm looking for some sort of antonym for the word subordinate, to be used in a sentence such as She [verb] these principles above all others. It's being used in an academic paper, so it ...
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What's the opposite of “authenticator”?

What's the opposite of "authenticator"? An authenticator is: "a person or thing that authenticates." What do you call the person who is being authenticated? Assuming the use case where a ...
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Best choice of word for the opposite of acknowledge

The most common word for the opposite of acknowledge is either ignore or deny. Can I use the word disregard as the opposite of acknowledge? I have a form that have the following options: ...
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Antonym for handicap

What is the word (or expression?) for an artificially introduced advantage for a player in a sport or a game, with purpose to level the chances? I tried thesaurus for antonyms of handicap, but it ...
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“Implied” is to “explicit” as “implication” is to what?

I am looking for an antonym of implication that is related in the same way that implied and explicit are related, where explicit means "expressed". This antonym should also fit the following analogy: ...
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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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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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What is the opposite of organic (food)?

The word inorganic is patently inappropriate for describing food, even if that food wasn't produced in a manner consistent with organic farming. Wikipedia points this out, but doesn't really offer an ...
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Word for “cinema with a single screen”?

I usually say multiplex for a cinema with more screens. What word can I use to refer to a cinema with a single screen? Monoplex? Singleplex? Is there a word other than single-screen to describe a ...
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Antonyms and mutually exclusive words

If north is the antonym of south, then what is the relationship between north and all other non-north directions such as east, west, south, south-east, south-west, etc.? Similarly, if male is the ...
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What is the opposite of “multitasking?”

"Multitasking" is a commonly-used word in computer science and has a lay meaning as well. What is the opposite of "multitasking?" I tried "unitasking" in a recently letter to a colleague and was met ...
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What is the opposite of “skyrocket”?

I recently came across a situation where something was decreasing rapidly. My friend was led to say: The price of fuel has really skyrocketed downwards lately. Something about this statement ...
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Can the protagonist be the antagonist?

The dictionary lists these as antonyms, although the definitions of both don't really oppose each other. I mean a case where the central figure of a story (and possibly simultaneously the narrator) ...
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What is the word for the opposite of “preferred”?

Non-preferred sounds clunky to me and words like alternative, I feel, don't convey the sense of "the set of things I really don't like". Edit: Perhaps the context will help. In this version, I've ...
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Word for “non-unpleasant”?

What would be the expression to describe making something "not unpleasant"/"less unpleasant"? Specifically, not making it pleasant (adding comforts) but minimizing the expected discomforts. Let's ...
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Can I use “adjournment” as antonym of “inauguration”, is there a word for “last time use”?

I would like to know if there is an antonym to inauguration? By inauguration I mean "first time use of". I googled this and thesaurus provided me with "adjournment". Can I use it in the following ...
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Equivalent of “false alarm” in a positive context

Is there an equivalent for "false alarm" in a positive context? For example imagine everybody is waiting for a miracle to happen, after a while someone says "hey! the miracle happened" and then ...
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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 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 “upsell”?

The dictionary defines the verb "upsell" as such: Main Entry: upsell Definition: to try to persuade a customer to buy a more expensive item or to buy a related additional ...
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What is the opposite of using something judiciously?

I want to tell a colleague to use a particular file wherever possible. Basically the opposite of using it judiciously. I ended up saying "use the file at will" — but it got me wondering if there ...
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“To go below a minimum numeric requirement”: opposite of “exceed”

Often for configuration settings we have minimum and maximum numeric values. An error message might report that one has exceeded the maximum value. But it seems very wrong to report that one ...
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What's the antonym of “serendipitous”?

What's the antonym of "serendipitous"? I couldn't find any anywhere.
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One term for completed/cancelled and another for its counterpart

I have a task to design a filter panel for an application to filter out and list workflows. The main two categories for workflows are the ones that are running and those that are not running. Now, I ...
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Single word for “the one being stolen from”?

By forming a noun from a verb, the person that steals is called a stealer. What do you call a person that is being stolen from? Is there a corresponding noun that denotes the object of this action, ...
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Inverse for the word “define”

Is there a word that is the inverse of "define"? Like taking a definition and giving the word? For example. If you said "The action of propelling one self from a surface using leg muscles", and I ...
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Is there a word meaning “append”, but at the beginning, not the end? [closed]

In computer programming, when you append a "string" to another, you add it to the end of the former string. E.g. String string1 = "abcd"; String string2 = "efgh"; Appending the two strings would ...
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Literal antonym to “Outspoken”

I'm working on a humorous project in which one character is called the Outspoken Mime. The adjective "outspoken" means the mime in question is "free, bold, or unreserved in speech." On one side, ...
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Are “straightforward” and “roundabout” antonyms?

In describing a piece of computer code, I called it both "straightforward" and "roundabout", with the intention of communicating that although the code was more verbose than necessary, it was still ...
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Antonym(s) for “antipode” / “antipodes” / “antipodean”?

Wiktionary says these terms refer to "the opposite" side, etc and offers no antonyms. But in practice, in the field of north vs south hemispheres, they are only ever used in my experience to refer to ...
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What is the synonym/antonym for “feminist”/“feminism”?

I am looking for a word or phrase that are to men's rights as the words feminist/feminism are to women rights. And will the word or phrase be called a synonym or antonym?
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What is the antonym of “luck out”?

"Luck out" means succeed by luck. For example, I lucked out and found the last parking spot in the lot. I wonder what phrase has opposite meaning and still uses "luck" as the verb? "luck in"?
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What is the antonym of “dependent”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: A depends on B, is A dependant, or is B dependant? “Employee” is to “employer” as “dependent” is to what? A and B are two persons. When A is a dependent of B, what of ...
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Opposite of a “southpaw”

The term southpaw comes to mind for describing a predominantly left-handed person. Is there a similar term for a right-handed person? Aside from the obvious right-handed and left-handed, or the more ...
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phrases where opposite words can be used to mean the same thing [closed]

For example "1 in 20 Americans suffer from..." and "1 out of 20 Americans suffer from..." "it is down to you" and "it is up to you" They seem like great ways to add to creative writing. Are there ...
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Antonyms of “shortlisted”

Are there any opposites of shortlisted? Currently, I am developing an application where candidates are shortlisted and I, the user, want to be un-shortlisted. I googled but no word was found. If ...
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Is this correct: “…to all avail”?

Many of you have probably heard the phrase "to no avail", as in "I tried to talk them out of it to no avail." (Which means I tried to talk them out of something but failed to do so). However, I was ...
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What is the opposite of “Overridden“

I am looking for short word that I can use instead of “not overridden”. For example: “All promotions that are not overridden at the store level are included in the forecast.”
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What word is the opposite of Luddite? [closed]

Single word, please, preferably one derived from someone's name.
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Antonym of “confirm” that refers to facts and not opinion [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the opposite of the word confirm? In some cases, the antonym of confirm would be deny. I confirm that the rumors are true. I deny that the rumors are ...
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Opposite of “miracle”?

Are there any English words that mean "an unlikely calamity" in that same way that "miracle" can mean "an unlikely beneficial event"? My thesaurus only provides antonyms of "miracle" that mean "a ...
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An antonym for “what you might have assumed”

It is right on the tip of my tongue, and I have searched the online thesauruses but I can't come up with it. What's the word that could fill in the blank: He came to the ___ conclusion that you ...