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Can I use 'measurable' to stress that the concept must have numeric quantity?

I am describing certain self-organization technique, which has the concept of goals (duh). These goals must manifest themselves in certain quantities (e.g. 'go outside for 30 minutes', 'read 10 pages' ...
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Word for made-up scenario that stretches believability

I believe the word starts with con- It describes a made-up scenario that stretches the limits of believability and was clearly made up in order to further the individual's point.
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Noun form of “extant”?

I am trying to find a single word or short phrase to fit into the following passage: Although many similar works were written, none of the others have survived. Its [extant-ness] is undoubtedly ...
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What is a word for someone who prefers to be lonely? [closed]

A word that means someone isn't a people's person, someone who feels much more comfortable without the need of friends or family and keeps to themselves. Example: I have a talent in music and ...
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What would you call this “double entry” principle in English?

There is a system for entering the number of the ball that falls out in a lottery game. It consists of two computers operated by two different people. They each have to enter the ball number they see ...
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A digit in a numeral system, a “symbol”?

While explaining numeral systems, I found myself using the phrase "add a digit" twice, with two different meanings; To create a new symbol with an associated value and introduce it into the numeral ...
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What would be the equivalent of “spam” if referring to face-to-face conversation?

If unsolicited bulk mail in your inbox is referred to as spam, what would be its equivalent for someone talking indiscriminately, but face-to-face without the intervention of technology.
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Is there a term to describe someone who is rarely at home?

I'm referring to someone who travels a lot, completely consumed with his job.
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Description word between new and old?

I am trying to create a scale of descriptive words. I have new content being described as "fresh" thinking of describing old content just as "old" unless you have any other suggestions. My issue is ...
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How to describe the stage between “success” and “warning” in one word?

I am programming a web-app and using Bootstrap. I am using style classes for different buttons As you can see, there are style classes like: danger, success, warning. So, I am missing a state ...
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What is a correct word for a teacher who gives additional lessons to young students?

Most teachers just teach a classroom in something like mathematics, geography or grammar. However, there are also teachers who give additional lessons to a single student or a small number of ...
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What's a word that means things go from “worst to better”?

This question refers to a life changing turn of events. For example, “No one hired Stan for years because of a conviction of murder he didn't commit and did time for, but recently he won 100,000 ...
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A word for the fear that everyone can read your mind?

When I was young, I had an irrational fear that everyone in the world was an actor who could read my mind. This fear was highly specific, and I felt that I was the only one who had it, especially ...
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Describing someone who has a great potential but is not aware of it

What's the best idiom/phrase/word to describe someone who has a great potential to do something while he/she is not aware of that potential. For this reason, (s)he underestimate her/his capabilities ...
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How do we call items taking part in undirect relation?

When I have a directed relation I call one of the items taking part a subject and other an object. Is there a corresponding term for a bidirectional relation? I know I can call both items a relation ...
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Path, passage, way, route?

I am measuring a pollutant on a device from point A to B or B to A (beginning to end of a street). The device starts measurement of the pollutant, logs it on 1 minute average and calculates the ...
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Is there a name for an argument that is also a counter-argument?

A person states an argument to support a position, but that argument could equally support the opposite position. Is there a name for such an argument? Or a phrase to describe the concept?
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Suitable words to describe 'the act of defining parameters' and 'set of parameters' in a software

Let's say you have a software that does follow up of payments. You define after x days send a reminder email, after y days alert a manager to call that person, after z days alert another department to ...
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Perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones?

What is the perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? When chiropractors try to do adjustments, we can hear a clicking sound on the bones. What is that sound ...
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Happening of something that is beyond of one's expectation [closed]

Is there an idiom or phrase or word associated with something good that is beyond of one's expectation and happens to him or her?
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Is there a word for someone who is intellectually mediocre? [duplicate]

I am looking for the noun for a person who is intellectually mediocre. Words like fool, moron, dunce, loser, idiot, etc. are all too negative. They describe a person who is intellectually worse than ...
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General technical term that uncontroversially encompasses both bacteria and viruses

We can speak of "microbes" or "micro-organisms," and I used to think that these terms clearly included viruses. And they are used this way by at least some other people; here's a website that refers ...
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Describing something that was the best solution in its time

What's the word/phrase/idiom for describing something that was the best solution, product, etc in its time. However, after a while, for example a decade, it's proved that it is not as efficient and ...
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What is the word for this military term, more specific than “envoy”?

"Envoy" apparently means messenger or representative, but the military term I want needs to be more specific. I'm thinking of a group, or just one person, who goes out before battle, meets the enemy, ...
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Meant as comic, but unintentionally serious and apropos

I'm looking for a word/phrase which means "spoken comically at the time, but in retrospect, is appropriate/fitting to the true nature of the speaker." If the word also has the added connotation of ...
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What kind of psychic is this one called?

What is the name given to a psychic who can only see random true future visions (but not read minds, use telepathy ...)? Example: Carl sees random visions about the future in his dreams. He had a ...
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What's a word for a thing that something can be an instance of?

Think parent, or meta. Something along those lines. How can the relationship between production and product be described? You could write an article about a specific product, or production in ...
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What is the word that sounds like “caromize” which means “cook a dish until we can reduce the juice in that dish to being viscous”?

OK, once I watched the Master Chef program and I heard people use a word that sounds like "caromize" to express the meaning of “cook a dish until the juices of the dish has reduced and is viscous”. ...
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What is the term for a person who doesn't waste time?

What is an English word/expression/idiom for a "person who doesn't waste time"? Especially a person who doesn't look for excuses when she/he should be doing something productive e.g. working, ...
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Noun form of “affected”, meaning things that are affected by X

Take the following simplified sentence: A,B and C are commonly affected by X. If I want to formulate a sentence, where the message is to highlight A,B and C; so something like A, B and C ...
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One word for something that works well? [closed]

I am looking for a single word for something that works well or something that doesn’t work well as interventions. I don’t not want to use efficient or proper because these describe the person or ...
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I need another word that means super bright [closed]

A word that describes almost blinding light
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What do you call someone who does a favor for you? [closed]

I'm looking for a single word, something like "good samaritan" but more specific; someone who does a favor for you but not necessarily an acquaintance. I.e. I asked for a hand moving my couch and a ...
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Word that means “to complete another person's sentence”?

Example: "She doesn't eat meat. I think she's a ..." he trailed off. "Vegetarian?" I [...]. The only word I could think of is interjected. But I think it's wrong, because it implies ...
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What do I call it when my wife regularly attends to her own wants and desires, seldom considering me? [closed]

My wife regularly attends to her own wants and desires seldom considering me. As an example, she will buy special snacks for her knowing I enjoy them also but neither buy anything for me nor offer me ...
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Term for noise shoes make when filled with water?

The 'brogue' shoe originated in Ireland, where it was often "constructed using untanned hide with perforations, allowing water to drain when crossing wet terrain such as a bog" according to Wikipeda. ...
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the phrase “to love to complain” is very common - is there one word that means this?

For example, schadenfreude is the pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune.. I'm sure that someone's love of the act of complaining is encapsulated in one word, but I don't know ...
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Word meaning a difference of changing states

I learned of a word a few years ago that meant something along the lines of the difference of changing states. That's the best description I come up with for it. The example we were given was when a ...
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What is something called that has a deadline?

As the title says, just one word that describes something with the attribute of having a deadline. For example "Please don’t feel rushed to RSVP as I have no ******". Is there a word that works in ...
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Word for a prediction about the past

When the weatherman makes a prediction, we call it a "forecast" When economists make forecasts about the current condition of the economy, we call those estimates "nowcasts" If a scientist makes an ...
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One who welcomes new challenges and new opportunities [closed]

What is a person who welcomes new challenges and new opportunities for success and nothing can stop him called?
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A word meaning a choice made for self advantage

A word for a choice that is made by someone to his advantage, but somewhat against his principles. Begins with 'co' I think. Not 'pragmatic'. More a suggestion of manipulation, deviousness, slightly ...
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Antonym for “Praise”? [closed]

I'm looking for an antonym for "Praise". I thought of the word "criticism", but it's a rather ugly word. Does anyone have any other suggestions for an antonym?
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What is the meaning of “reset” in this sentence?

What was the meaning of "reset" in this letter? "change"?, "setting again?" , “setting back to the original state" We did not "reset the time" in these animals. We put them into an environment ...
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Looking for an adjective meaning “perfect in a way that looks effortless, but isn't”

There was a particular word which describes a "quality(or level of perfection?) which looks very smooth and simple but requires a serious effort to achieve". That word was pictorially described by a ...
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What’s a person who borrows something but won’t return it?

I cannot find the right words or expression or idiom to describe a person who borrows something from someone but will not return it to its owner. Also, I would like to know the word that describes a ...
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The word referring to a descendant of legal immigrants

Is there any word referring to descendants of legal immigrants that were born and raised in the new country and have all rights and opportunities like other citizens in this country. For example, ...
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A word that means you need to be better or do better but not necessarily better than others [closed]

I am looking for a word or phrase that means that you have a feeling or need to improve or enhance yourself just for the sake of it.
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What would I call my friend's personality?

My friend tends to lie. He is good at physics or is the best physicist at my community college in my opinion. However, he likes to lie a lot. When I ask him for help, he always says something along ...
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To observe, over analyze, but never act

They would see something of significance to them, analyze it, think it through, but never do anything. They can study the details forever but never act