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Adjective for something that allows you to be productive

I'm trying to describe a programming language. It's a language that's been designed by its creators to allow us, as the developers (users of the language) to be productive. I have a feeling the ...
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Is there any other words to describe “willing to do anything for love”?

I'm given a project to do some character analysis of Ward Beach from short story by Anthony Doerr called Mkondo, and I'm pretty much stuck
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I need to know if there is a specific word for this

Would there be a specific word or phrase that basically means "A good person that does something bad for the good of the people?" I don't really know if that makes sense to anyone but me, but I would ...
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Bad things combining to make something good

I'm looking for a single word (or two words) that means something along the lines, "Two bad things coming together to make something good." When I say things it could mean events or objects or people ...
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Word/phrase for looking up and down repeatedly?

Example: He took out the picture of the building and compared it with the live version, [...]. I'm not sure how to search for that on Google or Thesaurus.
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More concise form of “not intended for human consumption”

Is there a more concise way of describing something as not intended for human consumption? For example how would you make the following more concise: This kind of thing [medicines in animals] was ...
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Word to describe a person who doesn't come here for the first time (or antonym of first-timer)?

Suppose I am handing invitations to an event that occurs with a certain regularity. A person that is attending for the first-time can be called a "first-timer". What's the antonym of that expression? ...
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“Is there a word for a product used for killing mice?”

A building in a nearby neighbourhood seems to be infested with mice. A TV-News reporter was interviewing one of the janitors who said: "We tried to get rid of them but I don't think we used the right ...
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Antonym of benefit

Consider this common sentence structure for discussing a hypothetical situation: Who would benefit from adding Foo to Bar? I would like to ask the opposite: Who would be disadvantaged from ...
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A word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or deceived?

Whats a good word to describe someone who isn't easily fooled or isn't gullible?
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A word similar to “self-promoting”

Is there a word (other than "as****e") to describe someone who always says things in a way that makes other people look incompetent in order to make themselves look better? A different word to ...
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Word for something that's worth remarking about

I'm solving a problem that people face every day: Developers spend a noticeable amount of time writing this type of code. Stating it's a "significant" problem seems too strong / an ...
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Is there a word equivalent to “stereotype” without negative connotation?

Often, when describing or referencing a group of people, you use terms that summarize them, such as farmer or smallholder farmers. What is the correct word for these terms? Similar concepts: a ...
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Word for the money that is paid for a collective drive – equivalent word to the German informal word “Spritgeld”

In German there's the word Spritgeld which is a compound of petrol/fuel and money. So, the verbatim translation is petrolmoney or fuelmoney, respectively. This is an informal word which is commonly ...
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Single word for “ready again”?

Is there a single word for ready again ? Could it be re-ready? Example: I have multiple statuses: - not ready - ready - error - re-ready? Example: First document is unsigned, then signed, after ...
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Single word for “very expensive”

I am looking for a single word for "very expensive". It is going to be used, e.g., I bought [very expensive] software.
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Phrase for shared experience which indirectly affected direction of a field

Imagine that every person who had gone on to do something extraordinary in a field of endeavor had had a shared experience -- E.g. imagine that every scientist who received the Nobel prize in 2015 ...
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Is there a word that means to see something but not be able to describe?

I'm looking for a word that describes the feeling or situation you are in when you can't find words to describe something you experience. Similar to being speechless but more specifically in regard to ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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What are some words that would make for powerful sounding academic titles? [on hold]

I'm looking for words or titles that can be used like Doctor or Professor, but have a more medieval/antique feeling to them. For example, if your last name was Cromwell, your title might be: Master ...
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One word to describe a situation where two people have their first and last meeting in the same place

There are two people who had their first date in a place. Six years later, they'll be meeting in that particular place for the last time because one of them is going to die. In the six year time ...
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What is it called when comparing two opposite people or things

Can someone please let me know what is the technique called when I compare two people who are very different? In my case, it is Donald Woods when he first meets Steve Biko in the film Cry Freedom. I ...
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The person who requests something is called…?

Let's say that I have a collection of books, and someone requests one of them. How would that person would be called, in one word? The only thing I have been able to come up is "pretender", but does ...
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The person who puts food on plate?

In places such as cafeterias, there are people who put food on our plates, and I want to know what I can call them.
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What is one word to describe “i am feeling people are not listening/hearing me”?

How can i express the fact that i feel people are not hearing or acknowledging what i have to say? I have already seen words such as the following (which i don't feel fits well): unheard, inaudible, ...
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What's the definition of the word “Striving” in this context? [on hold]

What type of person would you find yourself striving alongside in a working environment? Really don't want to look stupid on my job application.
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Term for an unevenly aligned street intersection?

I'm searching for a way to describe a street intersection where the lanes do not line up directly parallel from one side to the other. I.e., if you were to drive through the intersection and maintain ...
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To make amends from the other side

Suppose somebody has wronged me, and I want them to make amends. Say I ask for an apology. What are my efforts called? Am I also making amends, or is there a word/phrase that describes the action of ...
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Is there a word that is equivalent to handicap but doesn't imply a negative effect?

Imagine a scenario where the default value for a temperature is 20°C. Is there a word that you can use to say that if you do X you add 2°C to that value, if you do Y you minus 7°C to that value and if ...
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What's a word for someone who wants to voice opinions but not have them challenged?

I'm trying to find the right word to describe someone who wants to voice their opinion about subjects (especially controversial ones or ones where the speaker is going against easily-provided facts) ...
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A verb that means “to prove someone is guilty of a crime”

Preface: I don't think there is a single-word (verb) that expresses the concept I am asking for, in which case I'd settle for the least ambiguous and most common phrase or idiom that describes the ...
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'There's nothing to match tea as a refreshing drink.' [migrated]

I'm doing a grammar exercise and I have to complete the sentence underneath A cup of tea is the most refreshing drink of all. There's.................as a refreshing drink. The given word is ...
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What's the opposite of bonus?

According to this, the antonym would be Malus. But is there a more widely used term? Consider an exam where you've got a "Bonus question", so solving it correctly gives you an extra point. Would it ...
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Soft or more euphemistic way of saying “suffer”

One word I can think of is "bear". Any other words for it? I hate the idea of repeating the same word again and again. I want to use it for trivial things which make your life inconvenient but not ...
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A word for “wanting everyone else to suffer the same as you”?

Let's say I have the following situation: Student: Professor, do you have the answers for the questions on your textbook? Professor: No. When I was a student like you, we had to struggle to ...
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Word for the situation “Get back to the previous situation”

Is there is a single word that denote the situation of getting back to the previous level? Like I want to say, "It is good that something positive had happened but now all X(the word meaning get back ...
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'Control' meaning (a) check (b) manage [on hold]

Examples: "It shall be controlled" "It shall be maintained in controlled conditions" "Established to control process output" "Level of control depends on ..." "The capability of achieving the ...
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Is there a term for a new meaning? [duplicate]

Some words used to have a different meaning. For example, according to this link, here are a list of twenty words that originally had a different meaning from the connotation that we associate it with ...
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Term for when someone interferes with another's authority?

For example, Bob is not very high ranking in the company, but he is the safety manager. Bob tells Rich not to do something because it is not safe. Jim is Rich's boss and tells him to ignore Bob. ...
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Is there an adjective and/or noun that describes a person who is more sensitive to cold than average?

In French, we call people that are very sensitive to cold "frileux" (for a man) and "frileuse" (for a woman). This word can be used as an adjective or a noun. For example, if a group of people is ...
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What is an expresion for “getting older in appearance”?

"The children in school grew up so fast. They, like their parents, went about their professional career. In a flash they became gray and grizzled, and were getting tired of life." Is there a ...
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Hypernym for “driver” and “passenger”

Is there a single word that covers any person who "rides" in a vehicle? Driver would refer only to the person driving the vehicle. Passenger can be used for everyone but not the driver. How to ...
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number of (identical) items sold together

Say a shop sells eggs only in packs of 12 or paper clips only in packs of 100. How do you refer to that number in general? I thought sales unit or selling unit might be the right terms, but those ...
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Periodical change of quantities from zero to a specific value

I need to find a word which will describe the periodic change of a quantity from zero to a positive value. I explicitly need to differentiate this word or expression from the periodic change of the ...
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The rear compartment of a vehicle

Does anyone know if there is a word for the "rear compartment" of a vehicle? I'm talking about larger vehicles, trucks, jeeps, etc. In the particular case I'm dealing with, I'm translating a movie ...
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Word request: sorrow over one’s own ignorance [on hold]

What is the word for sorrow over one’s own ignorance? It’s the feeling you get when confronted with the limits of your knowledge. Faced with a labyrinth of known unknowns, you raise your head up to ...
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Word/phrase for a character in a play/movie/story who is not a main character but interacts with at least one of them

In every fictional story, there are three types of characters: 1) The main characters 2) The people who interact with the main characters, but are not main characters themselves - for example, the ...
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Is there a word for it?

I would like to use a word or phrase to describe a situation where one has a goal in mind and access to all the resources(Connections, Money, Knowledge) but isn't working hard to achieve its goals. ...
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Antonym of anthropomorphic

Is there an antonym to anthropomorphic meaning "The attribution of characteristics and behavior of inanimate objects to that which is alive"? I found "zoomorphism," but it doesn't have quite the ...
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Is there a specific term used to describe the “Jr.” following a person's name?

Consider the name John J Doe Jr. If John is the first name, J is the middle initial, & Doe is the last name, what is Jr.? I checked with Webster years ago and they could not find a specific ...