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Term for medication used when the beneficial result cannot be determined to result from the medication

For example: water treatment tablets. If the water is contaminated and the tablets don't work, the you will get sick. If the water is contaminated and they work correctly, you will feel fine. However, ...
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Single word for profit or loss

I need a single word or short phrase (2 or 3 words at most) that describes revenue minus expenses, that is the net financial gain or loss. It is unknown when applying this term whether the amount is a ...
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What word means “the feeling of discomfort caused by watching people's ineptitude”? [duplicate]

I am watching a UK TV programme called "The Apprentice". The candidates have to sell guided tours. Some candidates are terrible at giving these tours. They fluff their lines, or they haven't ...
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Single word for “make good use of something”

Does a single word for "make good use of" exists?
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Is there a word for “exactly the most one can handle without being overwhelming”?

Overwhelming means more than can be handled. Underwhelming often means less than can be handled or expected. Is there a word to mean exactly the upper limit of what one can handle without becoming ...
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A verb that gives a very close meaning to stubborn?

You're arguing with someone and they just refuse to give in to the truth, even though you just have this inkling that they're aware of the truth. They're just so opinionated and unyielding. I usually ...
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Word for applying liquid to a cloth

I've just been putting protective oil on a wooden door using a cloth and was getting the oil onto the cloth using the technique of blocking the tin with the cloth and upending the tin so that a small ...
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A word meaning 'socially practical' or 'socially feasible'

Context: Sharing ownership of all flat items sounds like a good idea, but in reality, it isn't socially practical. (Note, a flat is the UK english word for a shared house).
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Person versus People

When is the proper time to use the word "persons" in a sentence instead of using "people"?
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Word for both dimensions and weight

What would be a word for both dimensions (length, width, height) and weight?
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What is the meaning of “ail” in this dictionary website example? [closed]

What can substitute the word ail in the sentence Another fact you ail to demonstrate is how the wealthy somehow get rich on the back of the poor without changing the meaning? [Quote from ...
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Howling, but with a different vocal

I am looking for a bunch of verbs to denote various variations of a specific kind of singing, where the singer essentially… wails? There are no lyrics of any sort, the voice is essentially used as an ...
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Is there a word for days of mental clarity?

You hear about these a lot in people with Alzheimers. This can also happen to normal people when they eat right and get a good night's sleep and feel very clear headed. I am looking for a more formal ...
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Word to describe protocols which avoid infection/contamination [closed]

I used to know a word which has now evaporated from my brain and I hope this community can return it to me. The word is used in medical or forensic contexts and describes practices which ensure that ...
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What is the name for a person who betrays their country? [closed]

A person or a group of people who betray their country, practises treason.
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what is an equivalent for 'fitna'?

Fitna is a word in the Arabic language which, I believe has no equivalent in English only if 'Fitna' itself will enter English. One meaning to it is temptation or appeal, but it's not that which I'm ...
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Specific word or psychological term?

What is the word or psychological term used for - "Start liking someone whom you hate as time passes, due to being forced to stay with them for long duration of time (say about 10 to 15 days)" - [Some ...
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Is there a word or phrase to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked?

Is there a word or phrase (would prefer word) to describe someone sitting with their legs tucked. I'm not sure if this makes sense, but what I'm attempting to convey is that they are not outstretched ...
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Is there a word for a “cheap page-turner”?

The word page-turner describes a book that is so exciting or gripping that the reader feels compelled to keep reading. It seems that the connotation is more-or-less positive. Is there a negative ...
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Word meaning indifferent but with strong opinions on both sides

For instance, "I'm blank to eating peanut butter for lunch because I really love the taste however I always end up with a mild allergic reaction afterwards."
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What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of charging you for it?

What is the word for when someone gives you something for free instead of you paying for it? For example: Some shopkeeper is about to close his shop, and you catch him just in the nick of time, you ...
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Someone who's escapist and minimally optimistic?

(Source) “The menu is mostly history: the classical period, the Carolingians, Britain up through the fourteenth century, American Puritanism as seen by historians after Perry Miller, the United ...
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Word used in English, though actually French, for “the art of mixing lab science with field work”

I have been told that there is a word, probably starting with B, coined in French, probably by Louis Pasteur, though used in English, which has the following meaning: The successful blending of ...
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What does a cat's tail do?

A friendly dog will wag its tail, especially when it's happy to see his owner. Cats can communicate their approval and appreciation too, but I don't remember ever hearing a cat wagging its tail for ...
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Word meaning useful and essential

I'm looking for a word meaning a thing that essential and indispensable, but with strong connotations of being functional and useful. This thing is essential because it is useful. The closest I've ...
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Is there a term for coining a phrase for a word that already exists?

Usually a new term emerges and it becomes necessary to add a qualification to an old word for disambiguation. examples: "mono sound" versus "stereo sound" "analog watch" versus "digital ...
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Organizing into dimensions

I'm looking for a word for the process of organizing things into multiple dimensions. For example, if you had an online shoe store, you might want to decide to let customers filter your shoes by ...
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In search of a word: Contingent but without fail

I'm in search of a certain word which I cannot find in the dictionary or the internet, but I found something like it. The word is contingent. con·tin·gent (kn-tnjnt) adj. Liable to ...
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Technical Term Specifically for Multi-Example Rhetoric

I'm looking for a technical term to describe a rhetorical device. The device I have in mind is when multiple examples are used to support a claim. (See the addendum for specific instances.) My ...
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To purposely quote something incorrect

Is there a word for quoting something differently in order for it to fit the purpose of the conversation? E.g "oh you're such a nerd" "nerd and proud!" Which is a quote from XMen "Mutant and ...
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What is the word for “inclined to vote in an election”?

I'm looking for something analogous to how "litigious" means "unreasonably prone to go to law to settle disputes". Is there a word for this? The best I can come up with is "democratically inclined" ...
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What's a better word for “vegetable food products”

I'm looking at describing the demand in vegetable food products in a project. Using the term "vegetable food products demand" seems a bit heavy. I wonder whether there's a better word or phrase for ...
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What do you call a sick person who is lying in bed?

Some conditions require that a person lie in bed all the time until recovered. Is there a name for such conditions or people experiencing them at the moment? For example, I am currently <bed ...
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Field Name for “positive, negative or neutral”

I have a Web form which allows users to give feedback, as a hazard, incident, comment or suggestions. I'm trying to work out what the best descriptive name for the "Feedback Type" would be, whose ...
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What's a word for “weird but somewhat normal?” Or odd/disgusting instead of weird

For example: being attracted to a cousin. picking your nose and eating it. liking the smell of your own flatulence. etc.
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A word/phrase meaning “to ask about a person's feelings”?

Example: Speaker A: "Are you feeling well?" Speaker B: This is the first time you [...] since morning. You're not thinking about your business anymore?
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Like masthead, motto, logo

What is the word for an image and/or phrase that might be painted or hung on the main wall of an organization's lobby? Not their "logo" but a deeper, more complex, more internal symbol. That's ...
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What do you call someone who specialises in tea?

Someone who is qualified at wine is a sommelier and someone who is qualified at coffee is a barista. What do you call the equivalent of someone for tea? Also, I'm thinking there might be a word ...
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What is a word that could define someone who's good at showing superficial kindness and friendliness towards others? [duplicate]

What is a word that could define someone who's good at showing superficial kindness and friendliness towards others but speaks ill of them or gossips about them behind their back ?
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Is there a word for a professional who has a beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that attribute?

These days, when we use the computer for everything, it may be very difficult to find professionals who have beautiful and neat handwriting and whose work consists of using that skill. A century ago, ...
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What is the word for “a road that vanishes into the distance”?

I am looking for a word that would describe the image of a road that vanishes into the distance. I am fairly confident that there is such a single word since I remember a long time ago finding it and ...
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Words that mean “obsessed with theory” and “obsessed with data”

I'm looking for one-word terms to describe someone obsessed with theory and someone obsessed with data. We use the Spanish terms 'teoricón' and 'datoso' which roughly translate to 'theorophile' and ...
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Any word for the study of the origins of notations?

Etymology is the study of the origin of words and the way in which their meanings have changed throughout history. Is there such word to designate the study of the origins of notations? ...
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What's the single word to describe the smell of the perfume of someone who just walked by?

I read the word sometime ago and can't remember it. the smell of the perfume of someone after he/she walks by..
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Word for “moving up one conceptual level”

Bats and rats are mammals. 1 and 2 are positive integers. Oaks and maples are trees. Carrots and cake are food. I seek a word to describe this, the process of finding a concept that encompasses ...
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Name for the “clue-following” genre?

I'm looking for a term for the kinds of films (or books or radio shows, etc) that include Indiana Jones, National Treasure, The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, Sahara, Treasure Island, City ...
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a word for “switch on and off” [duplicate]

I'm trying to say: In simulations specific effects can be switched on or off to determine their impact. This switched on or off seems to me rather clumsly. Is there a single verb with that meaning? ...
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Card with 10 tickets. What is it called?

I'm looking for the English word to describe a card which can be sold to a customer which contains several tickets. For instance, in a fitness center you can buy a card which allows you to participate ...
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Word for “having a lot of irregular bumps”?

I'm looking for a word to describe the bark of a tree or the inner walls of an intestine — specifically, their random and irregular patterns of bumps. Any suggestions?
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Term for organization being sponsored — “sponsee”?

I have seen a few sponsorship agreements and in one of them the term "sponsee" was used to define the organization being sponsored. Is this an actual word? If not, please provide me with ...