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

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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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Is there an antonym for “pejorative”?

Perhaps "compliment", but are there any other ideas?
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What is the opposite of argumentative?

From Wikipedia: Argumentative is an evidentiary objection raised in response to a question which prompts a witness to draw inferences from facts of the case. ... For example, if a lawyer ...
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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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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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The opposite of 'attend' [on hold]

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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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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What's the opposite of “enlarge”?

In the context of a computer user interface manual, what word would you use to complete this sentence: Drag the handle at the bottom-right corner to enlarge or __ the window. To me, "shrink", ...
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What is the appropriate opposite or antonym word for sweet?

A part of my brain says, this is a flavor, how can an opposite exist? On the other hand my other part of brain says, if opposites can exist for feelings why not for flavors?
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What is the opposite of “Expiring Soon”?

What is the opposite of "Expiring Soon". I want to sort a list based on these two options based on the expiry date. For example, say you've rented some films on your set top box and you're looking at ...
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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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Meaning of 'Must not' and how to make the another meaning [on hold]

I want to ask a question. The opposite of "must" is "must not", everybody knows. But, what does "must not" mean? Does it mean that you "may choose to do or not do" or you "may not choose to do"? Or ...
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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 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 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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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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Word for the opposite of “hypochondriasis”

Is there a word for the opposite condition of hypochondriasis? For example, someone who denies being sick when they clearly are? I would just say that they are "in denial". Is there any other ...
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opposite of digital, but not analogue

I'm currently writing a security guideline for my company, and I need to make different rules for digital files and documents on paper. I was wondering if there were any good words to mean "on ...
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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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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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antonym for beneficiary

Is there an antonym for beneficiary that is not simply "giver" or "payer"? I'm looking for a word that roughly mean someone who loses financially in the case of an event.
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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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The opposite of archive

A colleague and I are writing some software and we're looking for some advice on the usage of the word "archive". Currently, we're using archive as a marker to state that the entry in our database has ...
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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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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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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 “preaching to the choir”?

I have found "Whistling into the wind" online but I do not think it fits because it seems to mean that your words are not heard, whereas the opposite should mean that you're being informed by someone ...
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What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'?

What is the antonym of 'virtual machine'? A virtual machine (VM) is a piece of software pretending to be a piece of hardware. There can be virtual servers, virtual desktops... I googled around a ...
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“Not empty” set in one word? [closed]

Is there a single word which means "not empty"? That is, a word which one might use to describe a field with one or more cows in it, as opposed to an "empty" field with none? Full or even ...
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Antonym of “to telescope”

The verb "to telescope" conveys in a picturesque way the meaning that an elongated object slides into itself, so that it becomes smaller. I'm looking for an equally attractive verb to convey the ...
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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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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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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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Word opposite of risk but still entailing uncertainty

The word risk is used to describe a situation in which there are several possible outcomes each entailing a possible loss, and one is not certain as to which of the outcomes will happen. What I want ...
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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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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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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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Opposite of subsequent (non-chronological/logical)

Just wondering, there is a related question regarding the subsequent in the context of logic (which can also be used in the context of chronology), but what if we're talking about an abstract ...
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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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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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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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Why does “impregnable” mean *cannot be impregnated*?

Well not exactly, but according to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, impregnable means: ADJECTIVE: 1. Impossible to capture or enter by force: an impregnable fortress. ...
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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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Positive of word “Abyss”

Could somebody tell me, what is the positive of the word "Abyss" ? As I know, abyss means an infinite depth or abode of evils, Hell. So isn't there any word which will mean the same as infinite depth ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...