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Noun with Meaning Related to “Confidential”

I can't seem to remember the word (a noun) to fill in the blank space: "Please keep this matter confidential" is equivalent to "I'd appreciate your _____ in the matter."
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Word for people of low comprehension

What is a person called who has a low ability to understand? A person who can't or doesn't understand during communication and complains again and again, "I do not understand what are you saying."
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Single Word for an Unfortunate Coincidence? [closed]

Is there a single word that is able to be used instead of the phrase "unfortunate coincidence"?
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Role Title Word That Conveys a Sense of Direction/Command as well as Engagement of Particular Skills in Work

I'm looking for an eloquent word, if one exists, for a role in one's profession whereby they direct and mentor a team with a particular set of skills, but also clearly engage in work with said skills ...
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Words describing relation to scope [duplicate]

I remember hearing two words, each describing a relationship to scope, or a containing set. I think they are prefixed with micro- and macro-, but am not certain (I'll call them 1 and 2). 1 ...
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One-word synonym for 'fall short of'?

What are ONE-word synonyms, existing as a LONE verb, for the verb phrase 'fall short of'? I already know, and so ask NOT, about 'trail' (suggested by OED's thesaurus) or 'fail' or 'miss'. This search ...
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A word meaning an “indifferent resignation”?

As the title says, I'm looking for a word that is similar to resignation, but conveys a feeling of indifference. For example: Although I have severe myopia, I've lived with it all my life and have ...
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Order of things [duplicate]

Let's say you were in a race, and you finished 5th. One of your friends comes to you and asks "What was your ___ in the race?". Or, 'G' is the 6th letter in English alphabet. Someone asks you what ...
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An antonym for “shortcut”

I know it isn't "longcut", although the term is used sometimes, humorously. How do I correct someone who believes a way to be the shortest route when it is in fact a longer route, or the longest ...
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How to say “local community” in ONE word?

I'm struggling to say 'local community' in one word. Is there a suitable word which describes 'local community' or synonym?
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Adjective to describe the classification of a result as true/false positive/negative

I am performing experiments where results can be classified as true positive, true negative, false positive, or false negative. Is there a good word for this kind of classification? I have considered ...
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What word describes someone who never acts thoughtful but blames others for not being thoughtful

I have a friend who always expects you to be fully understanding, considerate and thoughtful, but when you expect her to behave in the same way, she says you are too picky, a drama queen, and not ...
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The places at which a journey begins and ends

In the nomenclature of travel and transport, what are the most common terms to describe the places at which a journey begins and ends? I think that "destination" is likely to be the latter—but how do ...
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Synonym for tsunami

I'm looking for an equivalent term in English for tsunami. How did people name/describe the phenomenon prior to 1868 -the first time the word was recorded in English according to Etymonline bearing in ...
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Is there an English word for “the ability to be deleted”?

I was wondering if there exists a correct English word for "the ability to delete something"? The phrases I want to use this word in are: Toggle the option "that enables the object to be ...
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What adjective would you use for “not readable color”?

Imagine you received an email, which looks like this: I guess there's an adjective to express that either the background or the font color should be changed, because it's really hard to read. My ...
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A word for a person who works on two positions at the same time

Like: "A manager and designer at the same time wanted" It doesn't sound very informative nor does it make much sense. How can I write this sentence so that it can be understood as I want a ...
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An antonym or counterpoint of transcendent?

I need to compare the concepts of "Virtue and Meaning" to "Resilience and Wellbeing" in people and organisations. My current thinking is to call "Virtue and Meaning" transcendent, but I can't find an ...
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Word for a satisfying tactile feeling?

What is the word for a tactile satisfying feeling? Some examples include the feeling of magnets gently clicking together, the sound of a car door closing, or the feeling of pressing/clicking a really ...
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Which word or phrase describes a hotel room that is a stand-alone little building?

I know about the term "bungalow" to describe some hotel rooms, but if it's not a very tropical place, what's another word that can describe this type of room? The room is basically a little house… is ...
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Meaning and etymology of the word “latty”

In Terry Pratchett's novel, "The Wyrd Sisters", the word "latty" is frequently used. From the context I can figure out that it means some kind of cart (used by traveling performers in the story), but ...
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Word for expressing oneself non-verbally

Looking not specifically for a word, but a description of someone who expresses their feelings, emotions in an authentic manner. Someone who doesn't have to say much to convey their state; one can ...
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Word for “Can't be seen with the naked eye”?

I'm wondering if there is a word to describe something that cannot be seen with the naked eye. 'Microscopic' is the first that springs to mind, but this has too many 'science-y' connotations. It ...
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What's the word (or phrase) for the phenomenon that something suddenly works when you try to show an error [duplicate]

As the title describes, I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes the phenomenon that a bug/error/etc. disappears when you want to show it to someone. Example: Your Internet connection does not ...
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What is the correct technical term for this “pool house” on my villa?

I have built a small "pool type" house on my estate villa. The house has a separate entrance, so where I enter the villa via my secure gates, the villa sits on the side. It has separate rooms and is ...
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A word for someone who you share a half-sibling with

This is probably best explained with an example. Alice and Bob have a child, Erin. Bob and Carol have a child, Frank. Carol and Dan have a child, Grace. Clearly, Erin and Frank are half-siblings, ...
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Leftovers that haven't been eaten?

I'm looking for a word that is similar to leftovers. In this case, the leftovers are not from one of my previous meals, and they are completely uneaten, but they are already cooked. Example 1: My ...
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Figurative use of “address”

Can the word "address" be used figuratively, to mean a place that people turn to (for help, advice, etc.). If not – what would be a better word for this connotation? Thanks! EDIT: I'm looking for ...
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A word that describes something that evokes something? [closed]

For example, the sun may evoke an existential angst. How could I phrase it like "The ___ sun", where ___ is a word that could succinctly communicate my sentiment.
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What to call the time from “midnight to sunset”?

In many religious calendars, the day goes from sunset to sunset. When translating to the civil calendar, you can divide that day into two parts: from sunset to midnight (A), and from midnight to the ...
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Generic form of “first world problems”

The term "first world problems" refers to a petty thing complained about by someone living in the upper or middle class. Is there are word or phrase that means problems or complaints about things ...
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A formal English word or phrase for “badass?” [duplicate]

This is an odd question, but I was wondering if there is an English formal word connoting the same concept that the word "badass" conveys. To be exact, I mean "badass" as in someone who is maybe ...
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Common word for “patheticness”?

Example: Feigning cold to be hugged. [...] in its purest form. When I search on Google or Theraurus I just get its noun counterpart: http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/pathetic. But I'm sure I'm ...
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Euphemisms for rejection (man-women and vice versa)

Example: The more time passed, the more sure I became she’d [...] me. The most common word in this case is reject. I'm wondering, though, what euphemisms I can use aside from turn down?
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Single word request for ..love-ditsy

Movie scene: girl has back turned to 'dreamy' leading boy and is talking softly about, moonlight, white picket fences, and footsie sounds of little scampering children in onesies - and maybe holding a ...
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What is a word for a person who is easily amazed? [duplicate]

What is a word for a person who is amazed at everything, no matter how big or small? (Either an adjective or a noun would be fine)
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Concise way to say, “A difference in exposure between my peers and I”

What I'm looking for, is a specific word in the vein of: I feel an exposural divide between my peers and I 'Exposural' isn't a word, but I wish to express that I feel a difference in exposure to ...
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Word/Phrase for “process of falling of tiny particles off a bread/biscuit piece”

Please consider the situation: A bread piece has some tiny particles which we see keep on removing off bread, or lying loosely on a surface after we remove it from that surface (These tiny particles ...
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Word for people who just comment rather than act on something

Is there any word referring to people who sit and comment rather than act. Example: Reading morning newspaper headline, sad news and discuss over tea rather than act and do something toward it.
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“derivative” is to “derive” as “primitive function” is to “?”

Basically, what is the opposite verb of "derive", i.e. "to take the primitive function of"? (Context: I'm trying to make wolframAlpha take the primitive of a function, but I can't get formulation ...
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“Shout in a whisper” verb

What is the verb that means something close to shout and call out to sb but quieter? I mean when you shout something to a person that is far away but you don't want anyone else to hear so you hush ...
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A word for the relatives of a deceased?

Is there a word in English that refers to the closest relatives (usually the ones who lived with the dead person under one roof) of a recently (approximately no more than 1 month) dead person? Other ...
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Word that means “continuing the current thought”

The precise word eludes me, but I remember that it appeared in the context of a sentence similar to this one: That is a valid choice, but in making it, you will create unintended side-effects; ...
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Ambiguity of “last” [closed]

I find "last" ambiguous in the following context: I destroyed his report in our last meeting. IMHO, both of the following interpretations make sense: "He can get however pissed he wants; ...
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A word that simultaneously means caring and not caring?

I'm trying to write an essay about teenagers and modern society (I'll spare the details), and I am looking for a word that describes the attitude of both caring about everything (eg. Marks, Social ...
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synonym for someone who is a “fraud” or “liar”

He portrayed himself to be a really straightforward, hardworking person that always keeps their word, always shows up and is on time when they make plans, but turned out to be completely the opposite ...
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Thing that opposes its origin [closed]

I'm looking for a word for the thing or phenomenon that opposes its origin like in Lenz's Law which states that: If an induced current flows, its direction is always such that it will oppose the ...
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What is a word/noun to describe someone who authors a project but doesn't produce it?

I'm looking for a one-word noun to describe someone who posts a project idea for a freelancer to pick up. They describe the project and project need, but they are not the producer. For example, "I'm ...
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The term for when fruit is first starting to appear on a plant

Was looking through a vineyard and noticed that the grapes were beginning to show up on the vines. They were small and unrecognizable from when they would be picked but they were the first sign of ...
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Is there a way to condense “put back” into one word?

The example in question involves a sentence of the structure: I'm putting my changes back. Is there a one-word equivalent for "put ... back"? E.g.: I'm ______ing my changes.