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Single word for “factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or position”

I'm looking for a single word- a noun that corresponds to: A factor or consideration that supports a specific conclusion or assertion Here's the context- it's an article about the role of women ...
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Word for number of people in a room

Is there a single word for the number of people currently in a room? For example, the room has a capacity of 50, but the current ? is only 3.
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What is the correct word for this collection?

Suppose I have two lists A & B. This list A contains groups. Groups contain sub-groups (also called types). List B contains items. Each item can be of one of the types from list A. If I remove a ...
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Word for small bird-like jumps?

Example: With tiny [...], the bird scanned its vicinity, completely ignoring me. I thought of the word hoppings but sounds strange and it only has 1 Google result. Is there a better option?
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A single verb for 'killed himself'

A doctor at the El Paso VA Health Care System was shot today and the shooter apparently shot and killed himself, officials said a preliminary investigation shows. Is there a single verb that can ...
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What's the term to describe 'normal' languages, such as English, Chinese and Russian as opposed to programming languages?

English is not my native tongue, so I might be overlooking an easy word. The following is what I mention on my resumé in an 'about me'-section: I'm a language enthusiast and (...). But language ...
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General term for content available on web page or as paper/pdf?

I am writing a document that I hope to show as a web page, and make available as a PDF that people might print. In the opening I have: "This document is an annotated guide to foo bar." While I ...
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Adverb -> Adverbial; Adjective -> Adjectival; Verb ->?

The noun "adjective" yields the adjective "adjectival"; the noun "adverb" yields the adjective "adverbial"; but the noun "verb" does not yield the adjective "verbal". What is the word I am looking ...
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Word for sophisticated art that the masses don't appreciate

Popularity and sophistication don't always overlap. Think of the novels only English teachers love. The music only Mitch Grassi listens to. The paintings you only want to look at after graduating from ...
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What's a word for something that also describes itself? [duplicate]

Is there a word for a term that also describes the term? For example, a portmanteau is also a portmanteau and a mondegreen is also a mondegreen. On the other hand, an onomatopoeia is not.
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Meryl Streep is a ______? (as a big compliment)

It's a specific word or small phrase that I can't remember, and it's killing me. It was probably an Oscars ceremony, and someone boldly introduced her as a “xxxx”. It was the highest of compliments, ...
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What's a common way of referring to the “tool” a person used to commit suicide?

For instance, a gun, a rope, or the like. What's the common way of referring to them? Assuming the suicide attempt of the person who used them was successful? Example sentence: We kept grandpa's ...
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If A is “attached” to B, what is B?

Let's say I have a document that is attached to an e-mail. Is there a short way to express "The e-mail this document is attached to"? Something like "the carrier e-mail", but not so strange ...
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What do you call someone who knows multiple programming languages?

Someone who knows multiple languages is called polyglot or multilingual (There can be nuances between two words also.). I'm not sure if we can apply these terms to someone who knows multiple ...
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“omni” - prefixed word for “ prepared to take up any challenge”

Word for someone that will take any challenge thrown at him, prepared to take up any challenge. Preferably with "omni" as prefix. Doesn't have to be word that is commonly used. I have been trying to ...
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A number between 0 and 1 - like a percentage but expressed as a decimal [closed]

I'm looking for a word to replace "percentage" for numbers between 0 and 1. To explain: what I'm actually dealing with are decimals (like 0.12), semantically however they serve the purpose of ...
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What do you call the wave-like bumps that are formed in damanged aluminium surfaces?

Example: I'm referring to the wave-like bumps on that dog house's roof. What do you call them?
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Single word for “people with premonition” [closed]

What do you call people who have great power of premonition?
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Is there a word similar to “reddening” for the color blue?

In planetary astronomy often the "color" of an object is described by relative amount of reflected light in the blue versus the red part of the spectrum. If something reflects light equally at all ...
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Exaggeration of “Capable”

I need a word which means capable, confident, legitimate. It should imply no negative connotation when used in this sentence: He wanted to become a (more) ____ accountant. “Legitimate” would ...
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Could “selfue” be a sensible antonym of “selfie”? [duplicate]

A selfie is a photograph a person takes of themself. By this definition, the antonym of selfie must be a photograph of oneself taken by somebody else. In selfie the i can be taken to mean “taken by ...
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Trendline for historical usage of “prick” [closed]

How can I view one of those handy-dandy trend lines for the historical usage of the word "prick"? I am currently editing a book and need to know when and how (or how common) the use of the word was to ...
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Is there another word for a “large family” or “small family”?

I'm searching for another, perhaps more technical term for a large and a small family. To clarify, I simply mean a family with many children and one with very few, if any, children. So I'm not ...
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What is a word that means “does not collapse?”

For example: Although there was an earthquake, my house did not collapse. Although there was an earthquake, my house [positive action verb]. I've considered "withstood," but it sounds ...
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one word to express “not belong”?

I am afraid that when I hear it (if I hear it) I may introduce palm to forehead aggressively (an action some of you might in fact encourage me to do): Is there one word to express "not belong"? As ...
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What do call individuals who express their opinions as if they were facts?

We all know some individuals who don’t express their opinions as: I think this is going to happen... Instead, they express it as if it were fact or news, e.g.: Next month the price of ...
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Is there a word for “not thinking clearly because of anger”?

For example: two are arguing and one makes a personal attack. They both become angry causing neither to speak reasonably. Any word for this? EDIT: In my example, instead of 'angry', I should have ...
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Word meaning “quality of belonging to a library”?

I couldn't find anything about Web 2.0 at the library. Seems like the topic isn't very [...]. I thought about academic, but I think that that word is probably wrong because it is more ...
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What word to choose as the opposite of “self-aware”?

What word would describe the quality of not being self-aware? unselfaware unself-aware un-selfaware un-self-aware non-self-aware I am aware that it is allowed to have multiple hyphens in a word. ...
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Term for Making a New Word that is the Same Part of Speech as its Root

Recently, I've been noticing that in casual speech people often unwittingly create new words from standard English words that are (a) of the same part of speech as the standard word and (b) meant to ...
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Verb for to act like the devil

The word demonise means to turn someone into a demon. I'm looking for a verb which means to act like the devil/demon or become the devil incarnate.
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Word to describe the completion of a planned rail journey

I am a native English speaker with, what I consider to be, an excellent vocabulary but I recently ran into a problem whilst compiling my list of New Year's Resolutions. One item on the list is to ...
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Word for a person that is both caring and cold-hearted logical

I have an acquaintance who is a very cold, logical sort of person. She likes to make the 'best decision' for any situation, and wouldn't hesitate in a "kill one to save ten" sort of scenario. She ...
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a word for wanting to be somewhere else

In German, the word Fernweh translates roughly as "farsickness." It denotes the desire to be somewhere other than where you are now. It was coined as an antonym to Heimweh, or "homesickness." Does ...
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How to convey the meaning of “ordering a mess of papers and books”

How do English people convey the meaning of the action of tidying up a great unordered amount of sheets of paper, books, and notes in a single word or phrase?
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Someone who appears more of an expert than they are [duplicate]

I believe there is a term for a person who uses 'expert sounding' terminology and exudes confidence, even when their actual abilities are significantly short of their 'presentation'. Using 'wine' a ...
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Word for writing from memory

Is there a single word that means "writing from memory?" Just as when one recites a poem or speech, he or she reproduces it from memory verbally, is there a single word that expresses the same ...
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Words that change meaning when a letter is added/removed/changed

Want to know if there is a collective word to describe these kind of words that change their meanings in an opposite way (rather than irrelevantly) when a single letter is added/removed/changed so ...
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What word means “the day after a specific day”?

We have the word "eve" to mean the day before a specific day, like a holiday. The day before Christmas is "Christmas Eve". Is there a word that can be used to concisely say "the day after ...
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What is the word for when you're helping someone willingly? [closed]

Eg. You're in an association so you are helping persons willingly and you are looking for no reward.
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Is there a name for speaking to the person you're talking to as if you're speaking to somebody else

For example if you were on an airplane and somebody was kicking the back of your seat, you might say to your companion "Please stop kicking my seat", when what you actually mean is "It's annoying that ...
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What is the complement to “tracker”?

What is the best word for describing a thing 'to be tracked'? In the vein of employer is to employee as tracker is to ...? I'm using it to refer to the proxy used by a feature tracking algorithm.
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What do you call those little explosions you see in barbecues and bonfires?

I'm not talking about the one caused by grease, but the one that occurs spontaneously. A little puff that sends thousands of sparks around.
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What is the word for fear of fear?

What is the word for fear of fear? I thought this would be easy to find, recall, or previously asked, but I've looked around and couldn't find it (phobia list). It is simply phobiaphobia? Or ...
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What's a word that means does not belong, and doesn't matter at the same time?

The word can be used to mean that something doesn't belong (i.e in this category) or something that has nothing to do with something, but also doesn't matter. I know there is a word for this in my ...
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Failure to do something out of fear

I'm looking for a word that implies that one intended to do something but then didn't due to being afraid. Like someone who never asks out a person of interest because of the fears of rejection or ...
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If the class “makes”

At the college where I teach, a class might be canceled if too few students sign up for it. We say the class didn't "make". "I'll be teaching that class in the spring... if it makes." Is there a ...
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Discussing blood alcohol levels in English

Which units/terms are usually used to discuss blood alcohol levels in English? Wikipedia suggests that people use percent in the US and basis points in Great Britain. On websites devoted to the topic, ...
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Word which means - “decreases the beauty ”

If I wanted to express something adds to the beauty of a place I'd use words like: embellish, adorn, beautify, et cetera. What is the word which is used to express that something decreases the beauty ...
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Word for Party *Steward*?

Is there a word that describes a person who is usually not too drunk and takes care of the rest of the folks at a party? Typically, they're the ones who drag the sloshed ones back to beds, clean up ...