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

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Opposite of “nesting”

Generally, if some object is nested, it is in a hierarchy level below another object. For example: * Layer 1 - Layer2 "Layer 2 is nested in Layer 1". What do I call it, if I would "de-nest" Layer ...
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Would anyone use “ramp down” as the opposite to “ramp up”

In the context, for example, of factory production I often read the phrase "ramp up production" or "a ramp-up in production". To me "ramp down" sounds a strange phrase to use as the opposite - does ...
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Adjective for thing you do for others

I sometimes write university projects for students and fix friends' computers, sometimes for money. I call things I do for myself personal projects, personal work, personal act, etc. What adjective ...
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Opposite (antonym) of peak hour / time

I am looking for a conventional antonym for peak hour. As far as I've seen, the term off-peak hours is used. Still, to me this means any hour that is not the peak hour, which is not necessarily the ...
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What's the opposite of hypochondriacal?

A hypochondriacal person is someone who is excessively preoccupied with and worried about his or her health. Is there a term for the other end of the spectrum -- somebody extremely carefree, ...
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Antonym for gormless?

I was sitting at the card table this evening looking gormless (as I am wont to do) when it occurred to me to wonder, are the other players gormful? Is there such a word? Is there such a thing as gorm, ...
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Opposite of “arrogant”/“having attitude”

Are self-abased and humble both opposite to arrogant or having attitude? What are their differences? What are words for the opposite to arrogant, respectively in a positive, negative, and neutral way?
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What's the colloquial opposite of “do me a solid”?

"Do me a solid" means doing something helpful for a friend. (I'm going off of Urban Dictionary definition, which I assume is accurate). What would be a good colloquialism to describe the opposite of ...
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What could be the opposite of (online) live teaching?

I'm looking for an opposite of "live online teaching". Live online teaching would be for instance a lesson that is taught via Skype. On the opposite side, you could record a video of you teaching ...
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Classification for phrases like “slim chance” and “fat chance” that look like opposites but have the same meaning

How is it that "slim chance" and "fat chance" have the same meaning? Is there a linguistic classification for this phenomenon of seemingly opposite phrases that have the same meaning?
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What is an antonym for “technically”? [closed]

In this case technically meaning "according to the prescribed definition or rules." Is there a single word antonym for this?
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What's the opposite of “server”/“server operating system”?

I'm looking for a word to describe a computer that's not a server. I know that in some contexts the opposite may be "client", but that implies the ability to form a network connection to a server, ...
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What's the opposite of 'soporific'?

I'm looking for an adjective to describe an effect which is the opposite of soporific: The insomniac's bedroom had a [???] effect: every time she went to bed, her tiredness disappeared and all she ...
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What is the single-word opposite of “misogamist”?

A person who does not believe in the institution of marriage is called misogamist. But, what is a person who believes in the institution of marriage called? Upon search, I found the opposites of ...
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Lowering the priority by decreasing a number [closed]

If a smaller number is of higher priority than a greater number, how can I tell what lowering the priority means? When it comes to configuring networking devices, a smaller number sometimes ...
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Word for the opposite of universality

I am looking for a word that implies the unique/non-translatable aspects of a specific place or culture. It's for an academic paper, so feel free to pull suggestions from theory etc. The author ...
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Opposite word for “cursive”, as related to writing

I looked up the etymology entry at etymonline.com for cursive, which reads: 1784, from French cursif (18c.), from Medieval Latin cursivus “running,” from Latin cursus “a running,” from past ...
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Word for two things that are opposite yet the same

Is there a word or short phrase that describes two contrasting ideas the ultimately end up the same? Like two ends of a spectrum that can wrap around? I'm using it to describe two foils for a ...
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Direct antonyms of bifurcate / trifurcate?

I am looking for two words that would describe: merge from two branches or forks; merge from three branches or forks. PS: am I "allowed" to continue the respective series by applying different ...
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Opposite of Overhear or Evesdrop? [closed]

Overhear is Listening intentionally to a conversation. What is it to Listening unintentionally to a conversation.
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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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Opposite of being settled down?

Settled down, in the context of someone is set in life where they are- happy with their job, their family, they have have a mortgage and a little dog and all that sort of thing. Is there a word/two ...
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Antonym for “challenge” (noun form)

I was writing a market research report the other day and listed the challenges my company faced in the market in question, then I created a new section header for the... uhh... easy bits? That's when ...
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What is the opposite of “Coexist”?

Is there a good phrase or word that means the opposite of "coexist"? The phrase I am using it in is similar to "these two ideas need not (be) __."
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What's the opposite of “no-show”?

It's called "no-show" if a guest doesn't appear. Is it right to call the opposite "show"?
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Synonyms and antonyms of “specific” [closed]

I am trying to come up with the names for the following two classes 1) Design-specification-specific 2) Design-specification-agnostic Somehow I feel that these can be named better. You can help ...
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What word means the opposite of “supportive”? [closed]

I mean supportive in the sense of "giving help or assistance". Unsupportive denotes a lack of aid, but I'm looking for a word that expresses the opposite of support. This word would be used to ...
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What is the opposite of an electronic document?

I need an all-encompassing term that covers all kinds of written documents, except electronic ones: printed (on a printing press or the result of a computer printout) as well as hand-written documents....
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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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Which word can be used for the person who is challenged (in a contest)?

The words "challenge" and "challenger" are well-known, but is there such a term as "challengee" - as I read somewhere? In other words, what would be an appropriate term to describe the person ...
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What's the opposite of “prototype product”?

From an Information Technology perspective, what's the opposite of Proof of Concept (prototype)? I'm looking for a better word which means "full-fledged version".
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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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What is the antonym of “to get used to”?

I am looking for an antonym of the phrase "to get used to" in the sense of doing beginning (or in this case finishing) to do something oneself. The only one i can think of is "to get out of the habit ...
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Word for Loss of Calibration?

What verb would mean "to lose calibration" through some (edited to clarify initial intent) intentional action? This would imply an object that previously was calibrated but intentionally changed to a ...
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What is the opposite of “avoidance”

I am stuck looking for one word that captures the personal attribute of never avoiding issues; a concise way of saying that one deals with things "head-on" and in a timely manner. I'd also like to ...
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Word for someone who is too empathetic (possible antonym of narcissism)

I am looking for a word describing someone who has an "unhealthy" amount of empathy to the point where it may be detrimental to their well-being. For example, on the other side of the scale, one may ...
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Opposite of a save

I have phrases like "if I do this I'll save energy" or "this results in an energy saving"... The point being that there is an implied before and after: I use less energy after than before = "I save ...
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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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Depression and happiness [closed]

Are "depression" and "happiness" antonyms? Are they mutually exclusive? Does the absence of one imply the presence of the other? (I am trying to ascertain the semantic validity of using depression-...
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What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question?

What do you call somebody who asks a question and somebody who answers a question? I have exhausted the thesaurus with no real luck... any ideas? EDIT: It is in reference to this - or any other ...
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Antonym of underage or minority

I am looking for one word (formal preferably) that defines the state or period of not being under full legal age, i.e. the opposite of what is asked in this question: Is there a word for "the ...
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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 sooner? What are the words or expressions I could ...
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Antonym of “distributed” as in “distributed system”

If we consider context of computing, what is the opposite of distributed? Is it single or combined ? What is the opposite of "distributed system"?
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What is the opposite of “the moderns”? [closed]

The term "the moderns" refers to people who live in the present. Any words opposite to it?
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What is the opposite of heritage?

According to the definition I'm aware of, heritage means "something that will be inherited by the subject". So if a person A leaves an item X for person B in his will, X is B's heritage. Is there a ...
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What is the opposite of “commercial” art?

What is the opposite of commercial in the context of writing about art? For example: The artist created both commercial and _________ art.
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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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Opposite of Quarantine

As I understand it, quarantine is used to describe the isolation of the infected to prevent spread of infection. However, I'm looking for a word for the isolation of the healthy to avoid infection.
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What is the opposite of “borked”?

What would be the opposite word when something was borked, but it is not borked anymore? For example in the context when the traffic was borked, but it's not anymore (like unclogged).
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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 ...