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Noun or phrase similar to clone with positive connotation?

I'm searching for a noun (a single word if possible) or phrase that conveys that one thing functions the same as another externally, even though the internals may differ. Nouns such as copy, a clone, ...
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Single word meaning choose an option of delivery or pick up

Naming a step in a process is difficult when two options with very different meanings exist - Delivery Pick-up If you are choosing delivery obviously you could use 'Delivery Address' or ...
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A word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands (ironically)?

I am looking for a word to describe someone who has your fate in their hands. It might be an archetypal name of some sort, as well as a freshly coined word. It would be perfect to have a tinge of ...
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A proper substitute to “highly reactive” [closed]

I have to use the expression " highly reactive" a lot in my everyday writings. Can there be another word or phrase to put it better and which still connotes the correct meaning. Plutonium is a ...
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Word for a man who is not gay but wanted to be female? [closed]

I searched this site and can't find a word that expresses my sense that I have always thought I would have been better suited as female, and I am attracted to the opposite sex (so would switch if I ...
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Different words for educational problems [closed]

What is the difference between the following words (terms) in a context of education (online education in particular)? Quiz Exercise Assignment Problem Question Which one is more proper to use as ...
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Word/phrase for “lingering memory of an unpleasant event”?

The first word that came to me was aftermath. But it doesn't quite do it. Because aftermath refers to the "lingering" effects and what I'm looking for is the memory, the shadow. Is there a ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life” [closed]

I want to say something along the lines of: "It's remarkable how [a philosophy/way of thinking] seems to _______________ (in/to) all aspects of my life." I think the word may end in -ize, but I'm ...
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Word/phrase for “things that are too much for us to bear”

I have a theory. We created laughter to protect us from things that are too much for us to bear. I'm sure there's a word or a shorter phrase for the bolded part.
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A word that means to both encrypt and decrypt [duplicate]

I am currently writing a small class in C# which will take an image, decompile it down to a byte array, obfuscate the data into a proprietary format (thus making it unreadable), and store said data ...
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Word/phrase for remarks which often have a dark feel to them but whose meanings are not readily apparent? [closed]

I know someone who has a tendency to make strange remarks whose meanings are not readily apparent, remarks which often have a dark feel to them, but which are left unexplained, as if to hide ...
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A word for someone who gives easy answers [closed]

I asked my friend to recommend to me a good movie to watch and he answers with a very cult movie. Or I ask him a metaphoric question but he answers with a common response. He doesn't think nor ponder. ...
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Word or Phrase for Identical Twins with Opposite Personalities? [closed]

Looking for an apt word or phrase for physically identical twins with opposing character traits? Example: one twin tends to be very organized, and the other tends to be very disorganized, etc.
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Is there a one word synonym for “Paid Lift”? [closed]

By Paid Lift - I mean you ask for a lift in a car and pay fuel expenses in return
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Word that describes embracing imperfection

What is the English word for people who embrace their mistakes and flaws? It is to be used as a name for a team/group. I have thought of the word 'flawed' but it's kind of too literal. I'm looking ...
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Is there a word or term to describe when someone focuses on a specific example, rather than the problem at large?

For those who don't play video games, there's a growing trend in the industry called "Microtransactions" - a small fee the player can pay for certain things in game. Usually something small, such as a ...
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Formal alternative for “take on board”

Two men are having a conversation. A is plying B with numbers and other technical details, but talks so glibly and rapidly that B does not properly "take on board" the information which A is ...
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Word to describe what an academic degree is “in”

I am trying to describe the individual components of a a list of academic degrees: AS Accounting AS Marketing BA Sociology BA Economics BS Accounting/Finance BS ...
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Word that describes both skills and experience together

What is an English word that means together a combination of both experience and innate skills? I thought of the word talent but it conveys much more about skills than experience. I am looking for a ...
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Is there a word meaning “awardtion”?

I have completed a project, and am awaiting an award (I certainly qualify for it) and want to express that as part of my 6th form application. How can I express this? Of course "awaiting awardtion" is ...
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Is there a better term for a groceries divider bar?

I'm Flemish, and I recently read that in 2005, the Dutch dictionary added the word "beurtbalkje" (literal translation: turn cuboid) as a neologism for the little plastic or wooden thing that you can ...
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Is there a word for “environmental needs”?

I am looking for a word that refers to the environmental needs of a species for survival (think of climatic conditions, but not necessarily restricted to climate). My native language is not English, ...
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What do you call a person who believes everybody is good? [closed]

When a group of people does something bad, and when I blame the group, my friend lashes out at me saying only a few in that group might have done wrong and blaming the group is bad. And he would not ...
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A single word to define “leave in state of ignorance”

What is a good word that describes the act of purposefully leaving someone else in a state of ignorance with the goal of benefiting from their, well, ignorance?
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is there a better word for “solving” a paradoxical situation?

So I am trying to write my first paper, that is describing a method that is in a way "solving" a paradoxical situation by creating a new sort of trick that helps to solve a previously difficult ...
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Is there an incidental word for 'exchange'?

Consider the following sentence. The movie Freaky Friday depicts two people exchanging bodies with each other. In that sentence, the verb exchanging seems volitional. However, the movie depicts two ...
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“critical” nominalization [closed]

I'm looking for the nominalization of the adjective "critical". Basically, a noun synonymous with the following: The extent to which a particular issue or item is critical or vital Any ideas? ...
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what do you call a civilized person?

what do you call a civilized person? Civilian doesn't count, since a soldier can be civilized as well. I need one word to describe a person that is civilized, but not necessarily a civilian. It ...
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Is there a name for the fact that, in fiction (tv or otherwise), actions have consequences in the next episodes?

This might sound silly, but I can't get the question out of my head. In some TV shows a person may die in one episode and come back the next - actions in one episode do not seem to have consequences ...
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Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?

Multiple questions herein ask "Is it grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question with X?" So, I'm definitively asking, are there any words for which it is absolutely not grammatically ...
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Looking for a word that means “pictures and videos”

What's a word that means "pictures or video"/"pictures and video"? I was considering "media" but not sure if that would be correct. For example, when discussing the smartphone app Snapchat, it ...
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What's the word to describe the procedure that a system enters into normal state?

A computer system contains server nodes. At system boots up, a sequence of operations are performed to make the system entering normal running state: a predefined node runs as master and other ...
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Is there a word meaning “pertaining to diary writing”?

Is there a word meaning "pertaining to diary writing"? For example something like diaretical (obviously not a real word) or similar? Example usage: The text was written in a ["diaretical"] ...
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an adjective to describe a person who learns from mistakes [duplicate]

how are you doing? I am writing an essay and I need to know if there is an adjective or a noun that does what is in the title :) I hope there is one and you can help me :)
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Word similar to “distraction” but with jokey connotation

I was wondering if there is a word that carries the same meaning as "distraction" but can be used for a comedy effect too. As an example, imagine a situation where my parents are away and I've been ...
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Dog who has escaped an animal shelter - name?

What do you call a dog who has escaped an animal shelter? I was thinking runaway dog? I'm sure there is a better word.
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Word(s) for a person who degrades other people's work/efforts anonymously

Word(s) for a person who degrades other people's work/efforts anonymously. meta: I really want to know since this sickness is wide-spread across Internet. To me, this is a filthy mix of ...
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Is there a word for being able to type without looking?

Is there a word for the ability to type without looking? ex: Because bob is _______ he can watch the lecturer and type simultaneously.
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1answer
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What is the meaning of “primarian”?

I'm translating an interview of two musicians. At certain moment, discussing jokes hidden in lyrics, one of the speakers says "I think there's always been a couple of jokes in my work. It's not a ...
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Word meaning “open to being persuaded by a strong argument”?

To be used in a phrase like "especially civil, thoughtful, and ___ expressions of differing beliefs" (this is closest to the primary use case) or "especially civil, thoughtful, and ___ ...
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One word to denote natural items found on ground

Does there exist one word or one term to denote natural items found on the ground such as trees, grass, rocks etc.? A word that encompasses both inanimate as well as animate objects but that is not ...
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What are the words for sets of books: ?, Trilogy, Quartet?, …? [duplicate]

What's the term for individual sets of books? This answer says "No such words". But other sources disagree. This question gives one answer (and some comments) for a two book series: A series of ...
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Single word denoting transition of something from present to future time

Is there any word in dictionary, which denotes transition from present to future. Use case: I have a powerpoint slide which contains two graphs in same slide. One graph shows company's present ...
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A word for not wanting to talk much

What is a word for when someone speaks or answers you using single words like "yes", "okay", or "probably", but your questions are sensible enough to base a conversation on?
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A word for a collection of unorganized and unrelated little things

I am looking for a word that describes a collection of unorganized or somewhat organized and unrelated little things. The word is similar to "toolbox", which can describe a collection of unrelated ...
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3answers
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What is the word for the movement you make when you give someone your hand?

When someone falls down and you give your hand to her but she doesn't hold your hand, what's the proper word for the gesture you've done. You extend your hand? Is "extending a hand" right usage as a ...
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2answers
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What's the name of this figure of speech playing with the use-mention distinction?

The following is a figure of speech I've seen a couple of times in my native language of German. Though I have no reason to doubt it exists, I don't remember ever seeing it used in English, so I've ...
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Single word for “Make a Template”? [closed]

Single word for "Making a Mold" or some such will work too. I can't think of it and the Google is ironically overtaken by Microsoft Powerpoint links when I try to search for an answer there. Hoping ...
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Word or short phrase meaning “Happening on the same day as”

I'm wondering if there is a conventional word or short phrase meaning "happening on the same day" -- similar to "at the same time" but implying same day without implying that the events are ...
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What do you call a manipulative person? [closed]

What is the most appropriate (single word) noun to describe someone who is manipulative? That is, in the sense of manipulating people in a negative context. Edit: In the original discussion from ...