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English word for something that satisfies several constraints [closed]

So, is there an english word for this?
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Does “Pursue Impossible” Make Grammatical Sense?

My university recently pushed a campaign for their new rebrand, and their tagline is "Pursue Impossible". I have seen a few adjectives used as nouns before but all had a definite article in front. ...
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Interpretation of “need not”

What is the meaning of "need not" in the following sentence? The amount withdrawn need not be repaid. Does it always mean that it must not be repaid, or does it also extend to persons who may ...
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Use of nonetheless in the sentence?

Though somewhat less coherent than previous chapters and suffering from a minor rash of academic jargon,the final chapter of the book is nonetheless accessible to laypeople. what role is played ...
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Can we use “After” as “Then”? [closed]

I heard that it is okay to use the word "After" in the meaning of the word "Then". Is it true? For example: "After I will play tennis".
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How to say that the navigation is approximate?

I have an app that is an index for businesses, so the user can search for a business and navigate to that business. I have two types of coordinates to the business: Accurate coordinates, which ...
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What is meant by “con a con”? [closed]

What is the meaning of "con a con" and how could you use it in writing? I would find examples useful.
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Is there a word for the person that's giving the promise?

For example, if I said, I promise I will do something. Is there a word for me? Promise giver? Is there a one word noun for this?
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What's the meaning of “for as little reason”, “the favorite suspects of persons who report ”suspicious characters" in the following text?

Don’t let stereotypes Warp Your Judgments by Robert L. Heilbroner Is a girl called Gloria apt to be better-looking than one called Bertha? Are criminals ...
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Shipping costs or shipment costs?

shipping costs or shipment costs? I want to know the correct form and the difference between them, if there is one. Thank you!
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Meaning of for in this poetry

The word for creates ambiguous ideas in my native language, so I really can't understand the main objective in this phrase: "Why does she sing her sad songs for me, I'm not the one" It is a verse of ...
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Does mistaken mean mis-taken as misunderstood means mis-understood? [closed]

Misunderstood pretty much means understood incorrectly-- by the same logic, would mistaken mean taken incorrectly?
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I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing

I've sent an email asking for a reference from a professor, and got a reply which is a bit confusing. The following sentences are what I've sent: I was wondering if you would be willing to write ...
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Improving temper, good or bad?

If something improves your temper, does it do a good thing or a bad one? I mean, is improving temper good or bad?
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Differences between have to and need to

I try to grasp the difference between these 2 forms. So the question is whether these 3 cases have the exact same meaning. Why did he get up at 5 o'clock? He needn't have got up so early. He ...
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Can “values” “approach”? / Is it not completely reasonable to search for a definition that is not provided, and to suggest a revision? [closed]

I'm having a difficult time finding the meaning for the words "as the value of the oscillator approaches", in relief of the definitions provided by certain dictionaries, in the following paragraph: ...
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How to phrase a request so “no” means “yes”, and vice versa

How can I phrase a request so an answer of "no" actually accepts the request, and "yes" declines the request?
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Difference in meaning between 'might be able' and can

Here's the text: 1)I’m not free this evening, but I might be able meet you tomorrow. 2)I’m not free this evening, but I can meet you tomorrow. Is the meaning the same?
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How to understand “something agrees with someone”?

I was watching Friends S01E05. There is a piece of conversation i cannot understand very clearly - Monica Says,"Being dumped by you obviously agrees with her." Shouldn't it be "someone agree with ...
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What word means several descriptive words? [closed]

I thought it was descriptor, but apparently that's not an actual word.
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Possible double negative sentence explanation

At nearly 450 pages, the novel is prolix : the author does not often resist the temptation to finish off a chapter, section, or even paragraph with some unnecessary flourish. Is the second ...
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What is the difference (if any) between common interests and interests in common?

Is there any difference between "common interests" and "interests in common"? One can certainly ask: "Do you have any interests in common?" Can you also ask: "Do you, guys, have any ...
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Need best words for Buy and Sell [closed]

I need the most trendy and attractive words for buy and sell.
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New Strands of Research

What is the meaning of the phrase "new strands of research" in the following sentence: The last two decades have also seen the emergence of new strands of research on multilingualism which have ...
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what does ranger redhead mean for Australians?

I heard this reference on the Bravo TV show "Watch What Happens : Live" when Andy was speaking to the Housewives of Melbourne. They were giving phrases to the guests that were things Australians say, ...
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is there a name for the concept of repetitive writing to improve handwriting?

When I was younger, some of the homework I had consisted in writing sentences several times to improve handwriting. In Spanish, I know this concept or action as "hacer planas". To give an idea. ...
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What does it imply : “you better do the same”?

I am a volunteer in feeding homeless people in Melbourne, Australia. Workers in the kitchen wash the dishes in soapy water and then they don't pour water on it to clean rather wipe them (while a foam ...
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Single word for generic times of day [duplicate]

Is there a single word that refers to the type of word that the words dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, ect are? I'm looking for something more specific than 'time.'
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What is the precise difference between “wince” / “flinch” / “grimace”?

Initially I started looking for the difference between winching and flinching and came to no real answer, as some sites defined the terms as synonymous with shirking away, then other searches resulted ...
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How did the archaic 'villein' transform into villain?

The word villain, as described by Google, comes form the archaic word villein. Here is the definition of villein: villein ˈvɪlən,-eɪn noun (in medieval England) a feudal tenant entirely ...
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How is the phrase “if not for…” used at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

His works were brilliant in their understandability -- if not their wordiness. How would you structure a sentence if you wanted to say, that the understandability was brilliant but if you don't ...
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How is the phrase “if not for…” used at the end of a sentence? [closed]

Example: His works were brilliant in their understandability -- if not their wordiness.
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What's the meaning of “line up”? [closed]

This is a quote from cracked.com: It's a long, grinding game(poker) of patience and attrition. And that's because it's all about tediously waiting for the percentages to line up in your favor -- ...
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Convincing oneself that something is good

Sometimes we want to believe something so badly that we convince ourselves that it is true. Is there a term for this? Best
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Words describing relation to scope [duplicate]

I remember hearing two words, each describing a relationship to scope, or a containing set. I think they are prefixed with micro- and macro-, but am not certain (I'll call them 1 and 2). 1 ...
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What does “Schmissues” mean in “Issues, schmissues. Can the Presidential candidates sing”? [duplicate]

Today’s (May 7) New York Times carries an article under the title, “Issues, schmissues. Can the Presidential candidates sing?,” which begins with the following passage: “The cacophony of presidential ...
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“Go Green !” : Grammatical Analysis

I have been trying to see what is behind the hyped-up phrase "Go Green" and have asked friends to rephrase that buzz-word/cliche, but nobody has given me a satisfactory explanation of what it actually ...
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Is it correct to say “greedy little mind” or “little greedy mind” or both? [duplicate]

I was watching ERB, and Tesla replied to Thomas Edison - "You couldn't handle my gifts with your greedy little mind". What if I say: "little greedy mind", what does it change on the meaning. Is it ...
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Which word or phrase describes a hotel room that is a stand-alone little building?

I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room? The room is basically a little house… is ...
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Is 'crewing' only about seamen?

Is 'crewing' mainly about seamen or can it also be used as a general synonym of staffing, hiring, recruiting, employing, etc? I want to use it in a sentence like 'the art of crewing' or 'crewing art' ...
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What does the “highs” and “lows” mean here?

It's in the lyrics of Will Young's song-Leave Right Now. Part of the lyrics below: I'm here so please explain Why you're opening up a healing wound again I'm a little more careful, perhaps it ...
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“What are our numbers?”

How can I correctly ask a question like "What are our numbers?" meaning what are the number of people in the audience in comparison with number of people in some other audience.
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What's the meaning of, “Within 3 days of the 1st”? [closed]

A lease agreement reads, "If rent is not paid within 3 days of the 1st". Does that mean, the 1st + 3 days == the 4th is the final day to pay rent and the 5th day is in breach?
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The meaning of “Looking good!”

In the US I heard "Looking good!" being used by spectators to encourage disabled participants of a race. What does it actually mean? In this context it can't possibly be a comment on their appearance ...
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What does “an irate ex waving a maintenance order” mean?

I said: Finally, I found you Grumpy! (Grumpy is the name of the site) Grumpy replies: That comment has the distinct flavour of an irate ex waving a maintenance order! :-) Can you ...
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Meaning of 'to mother someone' [closed]

Could someone explain me please exact meaning of phrase 'to mother someone' and in which cases I can use it. As I managed to figure it out, means: to take care of someone or to look after of someone. ...
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Pronunciation for the word “competent.”

I hope that some of you might be able to quell this dilemma of mine. I would like to know the British pronunciation for the word "competent." Is it pronounced as: "com-pɪ-tent" or "com-pə-tent" with ...
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Infiltration & Neoplasia

I'm working on/reading a scientific article about the use and effects of Corticosteroid or Ketorolac on rabbit tendons and I got stuck at infiltration in the following excerpts: "Despite the ...
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'Not feeling clever' - how far does this extend?

The other day, when my wife was unwell, I happened to mention to a relative in Norfolk that she wasn't 'feeling too clever'. He instantly knew what I meant. But it made me wonder how far this idiom ...
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It's an expected label or It's an label expected. what's the difference?

Can anyone help me analyze the difference between the following two sentences? It's an expected label. It's a label expected.