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Adjective for “can't think of it now, but I'll know it when I see it”?

This happens when someone asks you about a fairly new song. You can't remember the lyrics or the music, but when it comes on the radio, you'll know that's the one. What adjective would describe that "...
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A word for “false self confidence”

Suppose a motorbike driver jumped above 2 cars in a show, and a crowd of girls gave him an applause. He then tried jumping over 100 cars, and lost his life halfway by falling into the row of cars. ...
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Noun for “that which is reluctantly settled for because of the unavailability or impossiblilty of attaining that which was truly desired”?

This happens to me a lot, but I can't seem to find the right noun for it. In the saying "A string is useful until a rope could be found," what would you call the string? That's the noun I'm looking ...
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Another word/phrase for precipitation?

Is there some word that I could use in place of precipitation when I don't know if it's raining, snowing, or hailing outside? Saying "there is probably precipitation right now" (in place of something ...
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Word/phrase for “treating the problem rather than the symptom”?

Is there a word that means the equivalent (or close to) the expression "treat the problem rather than the symptom" ? If not, is there a concise way to say this? For example, in discussing ...
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Word for a social partner without romantic connotations?

Is there a good way to describe a social partner without romantic connotations? Especially when referring to dining. I know date and partner (on its own) generally both generally imply some sort of ...
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adjective from business

I am looking for a word like industrial but with the root of business. Something that fits in here: the [industrial(your word here)] applications of mathematics I looked for adjectives from ...
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Is there a word for “look and feel”?

"Look and feel" is a term commonly used in UI, software and web design, yet we have job titles such as Web Designer, Visual Designer, Front-end Developer, UX Designer but no Look and Feel Designer. ...
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one word for shocking and clever?

I am looking for one word which means both shocking and clever. Example sentence: Shocking and clever revenge story.
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Look forward to meeting you both vs. Look forward to meeting you

I'm confused about the need to add the word both when using you as a plural that refers to more than one individual. T/e first you sentence also refers to two people: We look forward to meeting ...
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One word for “to take advantage of company resources (that one works for) for one's personal intents”?

This happens a lot at work, and I don't think there's a single word for it - or is there? Examples: Browsing the web for content unrelated to work Taking company time for personal grooming (like ...
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Noun form of primary

I'm looking for a noun that would equate to primariness, but which isn't so clumsy. Something like 'primarity', though it doesn't exist. "Thing has the quality of …"
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Word or phrase referring to an author's most famous/noteworthy works

I remember that the most famous/noteworthy works of literary merit are termed the canon,but is there a particular word or phrase that means the most famous/noteworthy works of a particular author? ...
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What's the word for a party to whom a business proposal is made?

What's a single word for a party who is made a business proposal to, i.e. the person or persons to whom a proposal is submitted?
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Is there a word that describes the swift and skillful covering of the natural emotions?

Some people become adept at completely hiding their natural reaction to a situation. Some may call this lying, or just control. Neither of these describes when it is done swiftly in the moment, and ...
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Word which describes a thing which is to be considered

I'm after a word to use as a heading for a list of questions which need consideration. This list of questions is adhoc and will not be repeated - they are specific to a single document which, once it'...
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What do you call these cars ridden by disabled people?

What do you call these cars used by disabled people, they are everywhere and I've seen them again today and was wondering what they are called; these cars they are very small for a person to sit on ...
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What term means “to imagine one is someone else”?

I am looking for a professional term, used to describe a situation in which a person imagines that they are someone else. E.g., someone playing a first-person game will imagine that they are within ...
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What term describes a story set within a foreign culture, but described by an outsider?

Many stories and films contain elements of foreign cultures, or are supposedly set in foreign lands, yet were written by outsiders to those cultures. For example: Tikki Tikki Tembo was set in ...
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How to describe a previously crumpled but now 'flat' sheet of paper that has been crumpled before?

How do you describe the state of a now-flat sheet of paper that has previously been crumpled? Should I just use crumpled as in, "The paper is crumpled" (even though it's not in a crumpled ball shape: ...
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Term for misused diacritics

Is there a word which describes intentionally misusing or abusing diacritics, in contexts where they are neither needed nor appropriate, for purely stylistic reasons. For example: I submittéd my ...
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What's the term for an antonym of a continuum?

Today I was trying to figure out an orthogonal word for "aesthetics", and was having a bit of trouble searching for it as "aesthetics orthogonal" and "aesthetics antonym" gave nothing useful—the ...
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What is a word that describes the class that “background” and “foreground” are members of?

If I say "It was happening in the foreground." or "It was happening in the background." "Foreground" and "background" are examples of locations in some kind of metaphorical space, regardless of ...
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Word that describes a person who may be incorrectly assumed an expert?

The word was seen used in the context of a person recommending a book. A critic responded, claiming the author had no real expertise, and that the content of the book should be taken with "a grain of ...
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Word coined to describe the phenomenon of using an oft-repeated rhetoric to shut down a discussion or debate

Some time ago I read about a word that was coined to describe when someone uses a "common sense" style rhetoric to attempt to stifle or shut down further discussion on a topic, but I cannot recall ...
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What's another word for “enemy” [closed]

Say you hate eggplant, but you're forced to eat it. Eggplant is your _____ (enemy?)
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What word means centered about death?

I'm writing an essay about Don DiLillo's novel White Noise, and would like to explore Murray Jay Siskand's fascination with death. The particular word I'm looking for means "death-centric", to fit in ...
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What is a word or a phrase that means “interactive and amusing stuff?”

I am redesigning my website to have fewer categories, but I am running into problems with the "Games" category. I have a few things that are interactive, and fun, but not necessarily games. For ...
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What is a word for a review of a review? [closed]

I need a word to describe a review that has been made on a review. The review itself I will call a "review", but if someone reviews the reviews, what can I call this? I can't call it a review as well ...
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Adjective meaning “that can be tied”

What is the most common adjective used to describe objects that can be tied. I would think of tieable but it does not seem to exist in the wiktionary.
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Correct word for work vacant, place, employment [closed]

In Human Resources, we want to implement MOF (Manual of Functions) for each employee based on their area and position, so that when an employee leaves, the functions remains for the next employee. We ...
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A word which means the opposite of “something that works in parallel”

If I want to describe two things happening at the same time, I can use the words parallel or concurrently. In some cases, simultaneously would also work. More suggestions are available in the opposite ...
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adjective describing a personal difficulty

Trying to think of a word that describes an action that is easily accomplished by most people yet said person cannot. Example: Since fifth grade, I have played the bass in my school orchestra, ...
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Word meaning appearance of a word on a page? (emboldened, italicised etc.)

I'm sure there's a word referring to the appearance of a written word, such as its font face, whether it's emboldened or not and so on. I can't remember what it is - can anyone help? Edit: Some of ...
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“I thought I did this, but it turns out I only thought about doing it and then forgot to do it?”

Is there a word for "I thought I did this thing, but it turns out I only thought about doing it and then forgot to do it?" It's like the feeling you get when someone messages you, and then you ...
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Is there a single adjective to describe an attachment target?

I can attach a picture file to an email. The picture file is "attachable", is there a single word adjective that describes quality of the email that it can be attached to?
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Word to describe “a person who is only wishful to help others and cares little about themself”?

Specifically, I am looking to describe a person whose only purpose is to help others, not caring about what happens to himself or herself (physically or otherwise), though without actively seeking ...
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How would you call someone that connects two people together? [closed]

Is there an English term to describe someone that acts as a "mediator" between two people, i.e someone that connects two people together?
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what is the right verb for the overall process of “conducting” a thesis?

What is the right verb for the overall process of a thesis, including not the only the writing process but also the research activities? Analogous to "conducting research" I'd like to say "conducting ...
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One word for 'Person being evaluated'

I am developing a software application for a Medical Committee which will analyse [medical] examination results and issue certificates based on them. The Committee never sees the person and the exam ...
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One word to describe being 'committed to the environment' [closed]

How can I say that I am committed to the environment in one word?
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Single word for “trust breaker”?

I was just wondering if there a single English word or term that means "trust breaker" (that is, a person who breaks a trust).
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Can we use “dynamism” as a noun for describing the amount of change and changeability?

According to dictionaries, one of the meanings of the word dynamic is: a system with continuous change http://www.thefreedictionary.com/dynamic http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dynamic ...
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Single word for happy and envious at the same time

I'm looking for a word, doesn't have to be English, that expresses the complex emotion of being sincerely happy for someone and a bit jealous at the same time.
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What do you call these containers?

I was walking past a high school and I saw a container of cookies sitting on the handrail to one of its portables. The cookies: (I use an iPad so couldn't scale it down unfortunately :() And I was ...
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adjective for “related to monogamy”

The "monogamous lifestyle" is a strange word, because lifestyles are not known to be married. I wonder whether a word like "*monogamial" or similar acts in a more appropiate way.
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A word that describes something that has been given a name

Is there a word besides named that describes something that has been given a proper name? For example, a guitar is just a guitar, but if I call it, say, Shirley, is there another word that would now ...
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fashion or clothing industry jargon for a pattern’s age range: toddler, child, adult

In a database of clothing items, I need to distinguish between those cut for 'girls' and those cut for 'women'. There are no offerings for 'toddler' or 'children', but this category would encompass ...
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A word or phrase that defines “Preconceived opinions based on experience or reason?”

If Prejudice is defined as Preconceived opinion not based on reason or experience. then what, if any, is the word that defines "Preconceived opinions that are based on experience or reason?"
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Word for false, self-perpetuating “cure”?

There are situations where a short-term remedy actually perpetuates the underlying long term problem. For example, drinking more coffee is a kind of false cure for a caffeine withdrawal headache. ...