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Is there a word for an idea similar to negative evidence?

My question will best be summed up by this phenomenon. A few thousand years ago, all Jews believed that the tablets containing the ten commandments were square, there was no debate regarding their ...
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Is there a word or expression to describe a desperate act of “trying to be different”?

In the introduction of my paper/letter to a scientific journal, I would like to describe that, in a particular area of research, there are a lot of new methods presented during the last years, that ...
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What is a good antonym for “redundant” (engineering)?

What is a good antonym for redundant? The definition I am looking to find an antonym for is: Source: Dictionary.com Redundant adjective Engineering. ... d. (of a ...
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Synonym request for Alpha Female

Oxford defines alpha male as: A man tending to assume a dominant or domineering role in social or professional situations It doesn't define alpha female at all. Since alpha female isn't a ...
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Is there a similiar saying for czech “dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám” in english?

Dolů ti pomůže každý, ale nahoru musíš sám The quote translated means something like Everyone will drag you down, but you have to find your way up on your own. Is there something like that ...
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What's the English for the Russian saying “Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat”?

In Russian, there is a phrase Love sometimes plays tricks - you may fall in love with a goat (Любовь зла, полюбишь и козла). Goat means a bad person (stupid, abusive). It is used, when an ...
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Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)'

Is there Another way of saying 'Physically, mentally, psychologically, spiritually(maybe?)' So instead of saying Drugs are bad 'Physically, mentally, psychologically... is there a nice phrase ...
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Word/phrase for 'we're all people' - when we aren't

I'm writing a novel that has two sentient species: humans and dragons. Both are equally intelligent. The dragons do not think this way, but consider the humans to be beneath them. At one point during ...
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Did I hear rightly – “Shiite Houthis are stated in to return the President to office.”

The answer would be very likely "No." I’ve been listening to AP Radio news, and heard the news of May 15 reporting the outcome of cease-fire negotiation between Saudi-led forces and Shiite Houthis as ...
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What is an appropriate term for being habitually put down by criticism?

When people you encounter tell you that No, you will never be successful. You suck at everything. You're a failure to society. etc. And you are terrified of the fact that they may be right, ...
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I need one word that describes something as both (1) necessary/essential and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking

I need one word that could roughly describe or imply something as both (1) necessary/essential/fundamental/foundational and (2) not sufficient/non-comprehensive/lacking/in need/primitive The word ...
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Synonym for Crowdsourcing

Describing that we (as systems' owners) can leverage users' capabilities to do something useful unpaid, what's the best word/expression for? I'm looking for something rather than Crowdsourcing.
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Is there a term that means temporary base camp?

It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not ...
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Antonym of Local Evidence

I want to say that: "Algorithm A makes decisions based on local evidence but ...". In ... I want to put a sentence that is antonym of local evidence. Something like global knowledge. Is "it should ...
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What term means “place where we can learn and share knowledge" [on hold]

Is there a term which means "place where we can learn and share knowledge about almost anything"?
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I'm looking for a word opposite to dying [closed]

When something is dying it is not completely dead. Only half or almost there. I need a word that means gaining life, as in almost completely alive. Like the reverse of dying. When you die the flame of ...
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Bail out or back off or opt out [closed]

Assume a person who had the intention to do something, but decides to cancel his or her plan at the very last moment. Would I rather say that he bailed out, backed off or opted out? What are the ...
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Describing an unprecedented event with surprising result(s)

What's the best word for describing an unprecedented event that comes with surprising result(s), such as a new scientific achievement (e.g. journey to moon).
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Is there a verb for the act of making an object oblate (or prolate)?

I'm looking for a verb denoting the act of making a circle elliptic, i.e. making it oblate (or prolate for that matter). Is there a single word for it, or do I need to rewrite? I tried searching for ...
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Is there a better term than “fighting spirit” here?

I want to say "he has no fighting spirit anymore" to describe the psychology that might be involved in scenarios when someone has behaviours like this: Hungry, but not to the point of overly weak, ...
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What are the different resources to announce a digression?

I'm writing a paper, and I want to add a digression to enrich the line of argumentation. I can't find good figures or resources to announce that I will introduce a digression. I came across eggresion ...
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Word/phrase for something that is irreplaceable due to its capabilities

The title is illustrative, but it can be added that there are no comparable alternatives for it, at least at the time. Moreover, it is predicted that finally some alternative will be presented, ...
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What's the best term for a cognitive state where you can't quite build the components up to achieve the solution?

Obviously we have various terms to communicate specific shared states of mind: Déjà vu - the illusion of having previously experienced something actually being encountered for the first time... ...
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Word for enemy becoming an ally?

Does a word (or short phrase) exist to represent an enemy becoming an ally?
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What is the best word (or term) to identify pronouncing W's for L's and R's?

Is there a specific/proper/technical term for it? And not just the R-flop, but specifically the L-flop to W. What would work here: “I'm watching Formula 1 on Sky Sports and the __________ of the ...
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What is the word for a love of ignorance, or a distaste of knowledge?

I'm looking for a word or short phrase that encapsulates the desire to eschew new knowledge, whether it be due to a fear of change or possibly a fear of science or research as a whole. An example ...
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What are products called, if they have “secondary” or “hidden” uses?

What do you call those items whose selling features are purportedly practical, functional and ‘innocent’ but instead are often bought for completely different, and sometimes “naughty” reasons? In ...
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Word for something that doesn't kill you but makes you stronger

Experience and hardship come to mind but they seem too general and they don't communicate the end result. They can be used depending on the context of course but there might be a word for a type of ...
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meaning of this sentence?

consider the sentence below: "During this hour, I will refuse nothing to the soul that makes a request of me. In this hour, you can obtain everything for yourself and for the others for the asking". ...
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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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A word for “relayable”

We have a system in the app we are building whereby admin users can be invited to events and they, in turn, can invite users under their control to the same event. If that's allowed for any particular ...
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Usage of “scared,” “fear of,” “afraid of/to,” and “concerned to” [closed]

Could anybody please explain me when can I use 'afraid', 'fear of', 'scared', 'concern', 'worried' to express a situation that i can't handle or out of my reach? Explain also please which one of the ...
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How to describe your feelings when someone else is treated unfairly?

For example, your female colleague experienced discrimination at work. You 'feel for her', and you're mad at the injustice in the system too. It's more than that you feel sorry for her-- on top of ...
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A word/phrase for “being extremely happy and jumping gladly”

Suppose if someone is extremely happy like a child and starts jumping gladly, what words/phrase best describe this situation, such that the following sentence can be completed. He/she was ...
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How would you describe a sound “appearing”?

The idea behind something appearing is more visual in nature; it comes into sight. What would I say if something "appeared audibly"? The sound of the oncoming car appeared to my ears! Synonyms for ...
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A word or phrase to describe quick thinking in the moment

Let me describe the situation where I want to use word or phrase: I was reading a particularly interesting book that I happened upon somewhere deep inside my university library. The book had a ...
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idiom for proceeding slowly and with difficulty

Is there an idiom I could use if I wanted to say that someone is doing something with a lot difficulty and slowly? I cannot think of anything. Thanks Edit from comment: For example: You have learnt ...
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Word for people of low comprehension

What is a person called who has a low ability to understand? A person who can't or doesn't understand during communication and complains again and again, "I do not understand what are you saying."
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Role Title Word That Conveys a Sense of Direction/Command as well as Engagement of Particular Skills in Work

I'm looking for an eloquent word, if one exists, for a role in one's profession whereby they direct and mentor a team with a particular set of skills, but also clearly engage in work with said skills ...
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Phrase for arranging a meeting - 'anytime you can' [closed]

I want to arrange an interview, pointing out that I am available at any time convenient to him. I don't know the correct form for saying this. And although he has not asked for my contact information ...
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What's the word (or phrase) for the phenomenon that something suddenly works when you try to show an error [duplicate]

As the title describes, I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the phenomenon that a bug/error/etc. disappears when you want to show it to someone. Example: Your Internet connection does not ...
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I'm interested in finding a complicated sentence that has a very simple meaning [closed]

If you know of any or can think of a complicated sentence that has a very simple meaning, please comment! I want to use this as an example of why coming to terms with an author is important. And why ...
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Generic form of “first world problems”

The term "first world problems" refers to a petty thing complained about by someone living in the upper or middle class. Is there are word or phrase that means problems or complaints about things ...
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A formal English word or phrase for “badass?” [duplicate]

This is an odd question, but I was wondering if there is an English formal word connoting the same concept that the word "badass" conveys. To be exact, I mean "badass" as in someone who is maybe ...
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English Equivalent Of 抓耳挠腮

The Chinese term 抓耳挠腮 means something along the lines of: scratching one's ears/cheeks/head in embarrassment or tweaking one's ears and scratching one's cheeks (as a sign of anxiety or delight). Here ...
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Euphemisms for rejection (man-women and vice versa)

Example: The more time passed, the more sure I became she’d [...] me. The most common word in this case is reject. I'm wondering, though, what euphemisms I can use aside from turn down?
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Asking a question in a formal and clever form [closed]

I want to say that, because [you're a student] of Maryland university, I thought you live there, but I want to say it in a clever and also formal form. How should I say this: "I thought you are in ...
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Using a polite and correct sentence to ask for more time [closed]

I want to reply my professor's email. I want to ask him to give me a week so I read more, and I also want to tell him that I found a basic paper. I don't know if I should write like this: I want ...
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Confirming one's interest in a project [closed]

Someone asked me if I am interested in doing a project, I want to answer: "yes!" Is it ok to say this: (I am going to learn from him in this project more than really collaborating) "I like to ...
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Word for people who just comment rather than act on something

Is there any word referring to people who sit and comment rather than act. Example: Reading morning newspaper headline, sad news and discuss over tea rather than act and do something toward it.