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What word is similar to inculcation, but one that the ordinary people would understand

What word is similar to inculcation, but one that the ordinary people would understand? When I have asked about it, people don't understand the word inculcation. Psychologists, however, use this ...
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Hypernym of “move” and “copy” [closed]

Is there a verb to describe an action that can be either "move" and "copy", but in a single word/phrase?
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Adjective to describe an argument that changed my mind or makes good sense?

I recently read an opinion piece that I found to be totally convincing - it expressed things that I'd felt myself but had never previously been able to put into words - it hit the nail on the head. ...
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What is the combining form of 'Christian?'

I recently heard the term 'Judeo-Christian' which caused a thought to strike me. I don't know how to switch the order of the classical compound (word). What is the combining form of 'Christian?' ...
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What do I call a person who reads documentation or guides in a cursory or superficial manner?

What do I call a person who reads documentation, guides or tutorials in a cursory or superficial manner, i.e. without doing so thoroughly?
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What do you call someone who either borrows money, or receives equity funding?

Someone who lends money, or otherwise purchases equity, is called an investor. The money he is spending are his investments. What do you call the person on the receiving end of this arrangement?
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Gaining a skill after some amount of time (while not actively practicing the skill)

This weekend I decided to master a song I recorded. The last time I spent time mastering a recording was well over a month ago. Before, I had no idea how to use an equalizer - I looked up a bunch of ...
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What's a word for someone who just gets other people to deal with problems

What's a word for someone who, whenever there's a problem that needs to be solved, doesn't solve it and either pretends it isn't there, or gets someone else to deal with it?
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Antonym for Utilitarian

I was thinking about the phrase form over function today. A person who values function over form I would call utilitarian. What about the opposite, when someone values form over function? I could ...
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Is there any phrase or word to relate time, location and event? [closed]

I'm working on a research paper, I need a word or phrase which is related to users' location, time and event. If there's isn't exact word or phrase then any best fit would also work out.
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Vocations and what people are famous for

The lead section on Wikipedia biographies tend to contain: Their birth name Their date of birth (in brackets) Their vocation(s), and/or the thing(s) they are famous for I'm aware this is called ...
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Has there ever been a word for someone who has a thousand pounds?

If someone who has a million of a particular currency is called a millionaire, and someone with a billion is called a billionaire what do you call someone with a thousand? I realise that nowadays ...
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Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult?

Does anyone know the word for a question asked with the intent to injure or insult? I know there is term for it, but I can't find it anywhere. It's driving me crazy. Example: Are you blind, or ...
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What is a medical term for the belief that you're healthy when you're not? [duplicate]

What is a medical term, as in a mental or eating disorder, that means "a compulsion with being healthy, while actually being unhealthy," stemming primarily from a poor understanding of science, ...
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Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression?

While creating this proposal I was struggling to find the right words for olfactory impressions. Is there a neutral word for an olfactory impression? smell seems to have a negative connotation ...
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One word for something belonging to an era [duplicate]

Is there a single word which means "of or relating to a particular era"? I am looking for a word which means that something is limited to a particular era, as opposed to being universal. Preferably ...
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Is there a word for overly friendly speech from someone who insults you behind your back?

Is there a verb or adverb to describe the overly friendly speech or tone of someone who has said something bad about you behind your back but doesn't know that you know?
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What is it called when organizations set stations (tables and stuff) to deliver information?

I'd like to know what those information stations (just like tea/coffee stations) are called?
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Word for “being blown by the wind.”

Example: Pedro was standing on my left, his hair [...], watching the rocks being beaten endlessly by the waves. I'm curious, is there a word that means being blown by the wind?
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Word to describe an email missing an attachment

Have you ever sent an email, intending to attach something and referring to it in the email, but without actually attaching? I'm wondering if there is a word or words to describe: The email itself. ...
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What is one word for truncating a string and adding “…” at the end of it?

In software apps sometimes a string's length is greater than its container so the string is truncated. Example: "The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog" becomes "The quick brown fox ...
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Information unavailable to the audience

What is it called when a character knows something the audience doesn't? For example, if the character was stating something obvious like "today is your birthday", saying it only to inform the ...
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How would you say e.g. creativity isn't something that only belongs to graphic designers?

Can't think of the word or phrase to use, can anyone help me? Creativity isn't solely the domain of graphic designers? Something to do with prerogative?
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Is there a single-word synonym for “preserved” as in “Fruits preserved in syrup.”?

To preserve - To prepare (food or any perishable substance) so as to resist decomposition or fermentation. Is there a single-word synonym for "preserved" as in "Fruits preserved in syrup."?
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Is there a good word for a square-rectangle relationship?

Any given square is always a rectangle, but a rectangle isn't necessarily a square, so squares and rectangles have a _ relationship. I've been noticing this sort of thing everywhere ever since I ...
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Single word for making a bow

A bowyer is the person who builds the bows used in archery. Is there a single word (verb/ noun) describing this occupation (= making bows)? Maybe I am a spoiled German speaker, because in German, if ...
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Word for someone that doesn't like to pause while talking

I come across this quite a bit and it manifests itself in different ways. The situation I encounter the most is from people who don't seem to want to be interrupted, they need to finish getting ...
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Derogatory term for inconcise writing

I am looking for a derogatory word or short phrase to describe unconcise texts or the process of their creation, i.e., the text is redundant, overcomplicated and filled with irrelevant details or ...
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What is another way of saying“ instil fear ” and “shamelessly”?

I was writing an essay and found no other way of expressing "instil fear" and "shamelessly". I am looking for ways to say these in a more formal manner.
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Use of the opening roll for corny/pointless exposition?

(Please note - indeed @Dan Bron came up with the word exposition, which is now used to further clarify the question.) There are many specific terms for different types of corny exposition in films. ...
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What word describes a person that demonstrates “poor priorities?” [closed]

What is a word that means "poor priorities?" (Typically would be used to describe a person.)
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Word for “descending out of control”

Example: I tried my best to dodge trees and rocks as I [...] down the slope. What's the best fit for the sentence above?
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What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it?

What is a word to describe the action of someone who repeatedly says a mantra to internalize it? for example "yes I can ,yes I can "
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Word for a body of water that is sufficiently populated with fish and worthy of fishing in

My game is exploration-and-interaction base. Now that the player has struggled and found a fishing rod, I would like my character to convey the message that "this pond appears to be sufficiently ...
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A positive word for self-doubt in a dubious belief system

I'm looking for a positive word or phrase - though ideally, a single word - that suggests that old dubious beliefs are being re-examined and questioned. "Self-doubt", has a negative connotation and I ...
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What is the difference between “matter-containing media” and “matter”?

I'm reading the english wikipedia entry titled "Radiation". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation you can find the word in the first paragraph, or by searching. so... What is the difference between ...
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Word describing a person's momentary pleasure, but overall discord

I once read an article that used a single word to describe a frame of mind in which a person experiences momentary pleasure amidst overall discord; or perhaps the word was describing the opposite: A ...
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What is a word to describe the character of someone who plans his actions in advance?

I am looking for a word to describe some individuals who cautiously plan for the future all the time.
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Is there a single word for this sentence? [duplicate]

If I say something repeatedly to myself in order to believe in that, do call it inculcation ?
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What is it called when someone uses a particular expression very often? [duplicate]

Many people have a habit to use a specific word or phrase frequently in their speech. For example I use the word "Actually" a lot to begin my sentences with. Some people use "For example" a lot. If ...
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A term for someone who distributes flyers

I am looking for a single word to describe someone who distributes flyers. Distributor doesn't seem right, part-timer may not be true, labourer is too generic. Is there a job title for such a role?
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Word for “translating” English to English

Is there a specific word for "translating" a work from period Modern English into contemporary English? For example, if Locke's philosophies were rewritten point by point in contemporary English, ...
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Is there a single word for “Seeing the Unseen”?

Is there a single word which means “Seeing the Unseen”? Imagine one needs special equipment or accessories (for example, a microscope, telescope, or periscope) to see something that otherwise is ...
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What is a good word that means “group of groups?”

If you have a bunch of groups of different things, and you group the groups into a bigger group, what do you call the bigger group?
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Is there a word to describe the kind of sentence where one uses one's own point to prove one's point?

These sentences sound illogical. Their arguments can fall to pieces easily. "God exists because The Bible says so, and The Bible is the word of God." "Whatever is less dense than water ...
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The act of baiting someone into (incorrectly) calling bullshit

Is there a single word, or commonly-used term, to describe the act of baiting another person into calling bullshit, when in fact you're not bullshitting? Conceptually, this either a sub-type, or the ...
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Language proficiency

Sometimes, a native speaker of a given language receives their higher education through another language; say, a native English speaker whose higher education takes place in France, through French. ...
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What's the informal word for a small challenge?

Example: I challenge you to get her number. If you get it, you earn a beer. It's sort of a friendly bet. It's a short 3-5 letter word. I've heard it but can't recall it. Please help. Something ...
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Is there a word that describes someone who will go along with how you feel, or will go along with whatever you do

I'm writing a story and I can't think of a word that describes someone. The quote is, "Who do I want right now? Sympathy or" So I'm looking for a word that describes this character. If you're mad, ...
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Is there an umbrella word for cancer treatment?

I know that there is a noun for cancer as an area of medicine; oncology. But is there a word for the umbrella art/science of cancer treatment? I was thinking of something other than "cancer ...