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Word/phrase for describing a relationship/association that could be productive and conterproductive

How to explain such a relationship/association (preferably not in the human context) : Approach A could be regarded as an innovative idea to leverage full potential of system B. In the reverse ...
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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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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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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 a word for having a lot of life experience or a person with a lot of life experience?

I am trying to think of a word, other than mature, that means "to have a lot of life experience" and that would be able to describe a person with such. (By "life experience" I mean more than just ...
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What do you call that sound uncouth people make by gurgling the snot in their sinuses?

There may not be a word for it, but maybe there is a better or more concise way of describing it.
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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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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 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 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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Antonym for 'serial', as in 'a serial publication'

I'm looking for a word that signifies the opposite of a serial publication, where a serial publication is described like: The first novella in a three-part series. Or: A quarterly ...
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Is there a term that means temporary base camp?

It seems like there should be a concise term meaning a temporary base of operations. The implication would be that it's where someone has established a transient headquarters in an area they do not ...
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Is there a word or short phrase to indicate the opposite extreme of “racism”?

For example, a person fights (or claims to fight) against racism in the manner of believing a group/ethnicity/etc. (in a culture where this group is often disliked) to be morally superior, and if a ...
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What is a word that means single-time optimism?

Hoping for something catchy, not a mundane word. I'm looking for a word that means that you believe things will work out, this time. Preferably a word that you could divine the meaning of it while not ...
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Is there a word or term to describe mispronouncing a word due to someone else's accent?

In college, I had a Japanese linear algebra teacher who was not a native English speaker. The subject matter was new and difficult, so with new terminology to learn, it was sometimes to difficult for ...
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Synonym/more sophisticated term for free-flowing

I am looking for an apt, or rather, a more sophisticated description for my cacographic handwriting style. The term free-flowing is strictly accurate. However, I am looking for a adjective or term ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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How to describe this tone when conversing with a child?

I'm looking for a way to describe how, for example, an adult might respond to a child in this situation: A parent asks his young daughter what she learned in school today, and the child excitedly ...
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Is there a word to describe the state of believing you know something that is false?

When you do not know a fact you are ignorant. My question is what would you call the state of believing you know something that is false. For instance suppose I see a black box and having opened ...
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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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What is a word for a person who uses resources to the maximum?

Is there a word (or words) for a person who uses all resources to the maximum; for example, a person who keeps on using pencils even if they are very small?
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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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Earnest as a noun

So the title of the question, I believe, speaks for itself. I am racking my brain, thesaurus and dictionary to think of a suitable word which would accurately describe one being earnest in relation ...
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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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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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Is there a single word that can represent “lingering fear”?

"Lingering fear" is when after a fearful/traumatic experience, you still have some fright remaining despite there are no more dangers. I was wondering if there's any single word that can possibly ...
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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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How to describe useless conversation?

Is there a word or concise English expression for the kind of discussion that is heated, perhaps a bit contentious or pretentious, but ultimately off-topic, vague, or too abstract to be useful? A ...
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A parent who has more than one child with one or more partners: “Poly-what?”

A polyglot is someone who can speak many languages; something that is polychromatic has many colours, and polysemy is a word or phrase with multiple meanings If polygamy is having more than one ...
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What is the word for “Unnecessary detailed information”?

Can you tell me what the word is for "Unnecessary detailed info on a topic which is given after the prominent parts is given"
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What's a word for a positive kind of “envy” without the sense of resentment?

Imagine your college buddy is now running a multi-billion dollar company, while you're still stuck at the same white-collar day job 5 years after graduation. You chat with him and want to express the ...
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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
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What do you call it when someone stops you from daydreaming?

When you're building castles in the air absentmindedly, daydreaming, or looking at nothing with an empty mind, or maybe being absorbed in thought. Then someone comes over and "wakes you up", stopping ...
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Correct preposition for 'workplace'

Should I say Eating is not allowed in the workplace or Eating is not allowed at the workplace when eating is, in fact, not allowed anywhere near the PC in an office?
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What do you call someone who sends an email? [closed]

I searched for sender synonyms but I'm not satisfied with the results
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The thing that adds a trait to another thing?

Say A does something to B that causes B to have an additional trait. For example, A cooks B to add the trait "cooked" to B; A damages B to add the trait "damaged"; or A hugs B to add "hugged"; etc. ...
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Looking for a word describing someone who is “too nice”

"Too nice", as in constantly trying to please others, perhaps motivated by a fear of being disliked, and typically this person is nice or overly excited when others wouldn't be. Is there a word for ...
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Were or was, and why?

I've written the following sentence It were those vespertine saunters that made him survive the work week My grammar checking tool would like me to replace 'were' with 'was'. Is this correct ...
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Word to describe the caring of the seller for the buyer?

A buyer and a seller come to a trade agreement. During the discussion, the seller (whose product is good quality) shows that they are a generous person, like so: The buyer expresses that although ...
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Single word for someone who doesn't let anyone walk all over them (antonym of 'pushover')

She was caring, and yet she was _______ What I'm tring to say is that although she cared for others, she was strong enough to not let them dictate her actions. In other words, she did things for ...
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An adjective or noun for someone who “has a lot of gall”?

What would be a suitable term for someone who has a lot of gall or has the gall to? Specifically someone who has wronged you or yours, or taken something from you, and should be repentant (and ...
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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What's a negative word for “subtle”?

I'm trying to describe software bugs that are hard to track down due to the mistake (introduced by the developer) being a very subtle one. "when these errors manifest they do so in a ...