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What is the adjective for this kind of presentation of data?

For example, one can state Jane is a student. She is 20 years old. Jane likes swimming and reading. Jane's closest friends are Carmen, Mia and Alison. Otherwise, this can be stated as Name: ...
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What is the word for accepting help from someone else, not by merit, but because they know you? [duplicate]

So, say that someone is about to start at a new school, and your sister says "Oh, I aced that class! Let me introduce you to the teacher; maybe he'll give you less homework/give you more ...
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Why does House Speaker Paul Ryan keep saying he's encouraged? [closed]

“We are now planting the seeds to get ourselves unified,” Mr. Ryan said. “I was very encouraged with this meeting, but this is a process. It takes a little time.” What information Paul Ryan ...
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How to use “Come true”

I'm from Italy and my mother-tongue is not English,so sorry in advance for my mistakes. This is my question: I know the sentence "Wish my dreams come true", but can I use "come true" in other ...
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What does “There's got to be more to you” mean? [closed]

from song Violet Indiana-air kissing.
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“Effective” in the beginning of a sentence?

What does "effective" mean if used at the beginning of a sentence? e.g. "Effective ____________________ , your child may not return to school until proof of immunizations has been sent to the ...
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monochromatic personality

Who exactly has a monochromatic personality? I haven't got a reasonable explanation using Google, therefore I am asking the community. The best one I got was from Urban Dictionary, but this isn't a ...
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A word describing a skilful footballer

Is there a common word describing a footballer who skilfully dribbles the ball and get past defenders easily?
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precondition + for / of / to - what's the difference?

This is my first post ever on this valuable forum! I'm at a loss, since I'm supposed correct students' exams, and I started doubting the grammar book's normatively exclusive use of the combination ...
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Another than, Different than [migrated]

Is it correct to say : You can save images to a different folder than videos, meaning images should be stored in one folder and videos in a different folder. Or should I say You can save images to a ...
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Free for common use

Can I say that an application is Free for common use? meaning everyone has access to all features and can use it free of charge unless s/he needs to use it on a large scale. This would require a paid ...
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One who loves science

Would I be off base if I suggested (or created) the word "sciophile"? Meaning "one who loves science".
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Is the word “pathology” used only for “disease”?

I wanted to ask about the exact meaning of pathology. Is it just for disease or can we use it for other things? I mean, for example, if I want to talk about the determination of harms in culture or ...
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worried about doing something vs. worried about not doing something

Below are excerpts from well-known English-language media. Forty-four percent of people who were interested in going to college said they were worried about not finding a job after they finished. ...
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How to chose the meaning of a word from many meanings [closed]

To increase my vocabulary, I collect words from my daily study and then find them in the Cambridge dictionary. But one word has many meanings. It is sometimes hard to memorize all of them, and it is ...
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Is the American Revolutionary War an example of civil disobedience? [closed]

I am involved in an argument with a friend about the meaning of civil disobedience. The question is whether or not the American Revolution involved civil disobedience. To clarify, this does not refer ...
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the difference between taunt and ridicule [migrated]

which one of these words is used as everyday English as well as means to despise someone and make fun of him for example because of his shape or Social status and so on
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Seemingly quintessentially British non-medical meaning for “surgery”

Due diligence: I have Googled the word "surgery," and I have reviewed a couple of dozen past questions on this site related to the word "surgery." I have not found a satisfactory answer to the ...
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Facebook reaction 'Thankful' (as 'grateful')

For Mother's Day, Facebook added a temporary reaction called 'Thankful' which was used to mean 'grateful'. This seemed odd. While I am not a native speaker, I was curious enough to use Google. What I ...
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Difference between vision and prophecy [closed]

Is there a difference between the meaning of the words prophecy and vision? could they be the same thing? If not what is their difference?
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“I want it rather than him” could mean

The sentence "I want it rather than him" could mean I want to have it rather than him having it I want to have it rather than to have him Or are both meanings possible?
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What does it mean “One year after the rings”

Is there any place to recommend to help to look up the phase unknown? Like below: One year after the rings and a west coast honeymoon We are living in a rented house with a terrible view.... ...
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Meaning of “Propaganda” [closed]

I am confused about the meaning of the word propaganda I've read on the internet that propaganda means deliberate spreading of rumors to help or harm a person, idea, etc.. So it is something that is ...
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Rephrasing a Judicial Sentence

The Virginia attorney general said:" Courts would likely rule anti-LGBT discrimination is illegal under state law". The last part of the sentence beginning with is seems vague to me. So, can anyone ...
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Graduating with Cohort? What does it mean? [closed]

In the following message: Hi Sebastian I hope this email finds you well. According to our records, you have registered to Graduate for the 28th June ceremony. Dr. [name] thought you ...
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Why does “inspire” mean both “breath out” and “inhale” (among other things)?

The definition of Inspire is as follows: 1 a : to influence, move, or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration b : to exert an animating, enlivening, or exalting influence on ...
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“Making use the assumption”?

Prove the statement P(k + 1) making use the assumption P(k). It's a part of Template for Proofs by Mathematical Induction. I'm not very familiar with the use of use in that sentence. What does it ...
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what does it mean: “sup butter-bean” [closed]

I guess it's something when you did not succeed with something but I'm not sure. Can you explain meanings and in which contexts that can be used?
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What's the difference between “strategist” and “ tactician”?

What's the difference between "strategist" and " tactician"? As a Chinese ,I don't get the hidden meaning of it. Any answer ?? Help me learn ...
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A word to describe an individual who is unable to understand a particular situation as it is unfolding?

Example Of Such A Situation: The individual in question works for a company and he intends to resign voluntarily because he feels that he may be asked to resign by the company management. This is ...
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What is the connection between Oppressive and Wretched?

In the Ultimate Psychometric Test by Mike Bryon, you are suppose to find the most similar words or strongest connection of: A. Willing B. Considerate C. Oppressive D. Overbearing E. Wretched F. ...
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What's another way to say “If you want it we can make it happen…” that does NOT sound scandalous

what is an understated way to say "We're here for you. If you want it we can make it happen."
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What is the meaning of “Stumble into a margarita” in the following context?

In the series "two and a half men" Charlie wakes up to find that his nephew is dumping all sorts of weird food stuff into the blender trying tp make some sort of shake. Nephew forgets to put the lid ...
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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) ...
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What's the exact meaning of “upstairs” and “downstairs”? [closed]

What do upstairs and downstairs mean? If our apartment has 2 floors upstairs means the second floor and downstairs means the first floor. What if our apartment has more than 2 floors? For example 10 ...
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What is the difference between words “psyched” and “thrilled”?

For people like me, non-native English speakers, it's really hard to figure out the differences in their meaning between words "psyched" and "thrilled". Are they interchangeable? Is the meaning ...
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What are the true meaning of Hold sway , Jest and Jabbed?

Ok , So After reading This sentence : As Russia has changed rapidly in the past six years , so has its sense of humor, The political Joke held sway , the secret jest that jabbed at 70 years of ...
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What is “immaculate English”?

A row has broken out in London over a restaurant which stipulated in an advertisement for waiters that they should be able to speak "immaculate English". Allegations ensued that this was a cover for ...
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Whom or “of whom”?

In the sentence "So, who exactly is Darren; the character who/whom/of whom the film is centred around." Should it be who/whom or of whom?
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What is the meaning of “mess somebody up”? [closed]

A nurse is telling: There was a girl who was driving inside a tunnel and something just fell on her car and she died. That messes me up more than thinking about patients who are sick. I have a ...
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Meaning of “Flighten”

This word doesn't really exist, but I wonder what do you think about it at first glimpse? Jordan appeared to have shirts named "Flighten up": ...
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A linguistic term [closed]

I have come across the term ablaut. I have searched many dictionaries, however, I haven't been able to understand its meaning. Can you tell me whether the term is the same as vowel change or not. ...
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Opposite of itself [closed]

I'm looking for a word that means that something is the opposite of itself. Like wanting to be alone but being afraid of being alone. The word sounds something similar to ignorant I think.
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Meaning and etymology of Middlesex

What is the meaning of Middlesex? I read somewhere that seax is an old English word meaning a type of Germanic knife, so was the county's original name Middleseax? I'm looking for the etymology of ...
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what does “assume” mean in this sentence? [closed]

Banks are already passing on increased costs to certain customers, and insurance companies are assuming incremental risks to compensate for negative yields. ...
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Assuming a question is relating to one's own culture

So if I read, for example a question on SE, and I automatically assume it is related to my own culture rather than another, what is that called? I thought it would be ethnocentric, but it seems to ...
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'devil a mortal'

Billy, in his youthful days, was the best hand at doing nothing in all Europe; devil a mortal could come next or near him at idleness; and, in consequence of his great practice that way, you may be ...
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What does Donald Trump's rule, “There can be only one No. 1, Two-Face.” mean?

Maureen Dowd’s article in today’s (May 7th) New York Times that came under the headline, “Donald Trump or Paul Ryan: Who’s King of the Hill?” portrays the argument between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, ...
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Why does “Recreational” have two definitions?

1. of or relating to recreation : recreational facilities in the park. 2. (of a drug or medication) used for recreation and enjoyment rather than to treat a medical condition: recreational drugs such ...
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“Perception” is to “recognition” as “execution” is to what?

I may not be using the right words for this analogy. "Perception" and "execution" are intended to have contrasting meanings. By "perception" I mean the reception of data. By "recognition" I mean the ...