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What do we call a doctor's prediction

Say my doctor tells me that my grandfather has only a few months to live. What do we call such a prediction based on a medical condition?
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Looking for a word that means provoking introspection

I'm looking for an adjective that means provoking introspection. Thought-provoking is close to the adjective I'm looking for but I would like a word that is more specific. Thought-provoking doesn't ...
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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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What would be a word or phrase for “ missing parts of books or manuscripts”

I was reading a Sanskrit manuscript and realized that pages 12 to 19 were missing... I would simply call those pages as "missing pages", however, is there a word or phrase for such missing parts? ...
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Word to describe a person who decides what to eat amongst a group of people?

The situation is as follows: After a college alumni event, old classmates are all sitting in a roundtable to discuss which restaurant they should go to eat that night. There are total of 8 guys and 8 ...
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What would you call a pleading before a judge or God [closed]

Is there a noun or adjective for the following or similar: a pleading before a judge for clemency a prayer before God begging for mercy Is there a better word than "begging", "pleading", ...
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What word describes something that can move orthogonally and diagonally?

Is there a word for the union of orthogonal and diagonal? If used in a sentence: The queen in chess can move ______. And used in another sentence: There are infinitely many directions. My ...
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what word means “to be exposed to new things”? [closed]

I need a word other than exposure to explain that the benefit of a college education has lead to "exposure" to different cultures.
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“Queue” without sequential order implications?

What word might I use that has the same connotations of "queue" but without the 1-by-1 implied order? Example: an individual can make multiple changes to a series of items. Some changes may ...
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Word for describing someone whose name is the opposite of what they are?

I was wondering if there is a word to describe someone whose name is diametrically oppossed to who they are. For instance a firefighter whose last name is Arson or a swimmer whose last name is Dry.
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Word/phrase that means “secondary” without implying a lack of importance [closed]

Trying to think of a word or short phrase to describe something as being secondary but without implying that it is unimportant.
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The fact that something lasts or will last a lot of time

I'm looking for a single word that expresses the fact that something lasts through the passing of years, decades, centuries. What would be a word that describes the art of lasting? From my mother ...
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Is there a word for someone who loves blood but is not a vampire?

Is there an English word for someone who loves blood but is not a vampire? I just saw Excision (2012) and this question came to my mind.
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What is the Single Word for Burning Alive?

Is there any single word substitute for 'Burning Alive'? We've Behead for 'Cut off the head'. Similar way, What is the Single word equivalent for 'Burning Alive' If any?
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What is the English word to describe the habit of unthinkingly using many meaningless words such as “ah,” “well,” “I mean” in speaking?

I was annoyed to hear a famous economist used the word, “yousuruni (in essence)” incessantly in discussion about Japan’s economic policy - “Abenomix” in recent TV show. The economist shouldn’t have ...
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Is there a name for questions where the answer is not important? [duplicate]

A question where you don't care about the answer. e.g. "how are you today?" where you don't actually care what the answer is. Is it a polite question?
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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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A single word meaning “Better results”

Does anybody know of a single word which describes a method or mechanism which is more reliable in getting the best answer (to a question which has no "correct" answers) or provides better results ...
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Idiom, word, or expression meaning an easy-to-do task

I am looking for a term, expression, word, or idiom to describe a task as an easy one to do or to go through. What I’d normally say is: Actually it’s not difficult, it’s as easy as drinking a ...
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Verb meaning “enters/affects/holds relevance within each part of my life”

I want to say something along the lines of: "It's remarkable how [a philosophy/way of thinking] seems to _______________ (in/to) all aspects of my life." I think the word may end in -ize, but I'm ...
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Adjectival form of “library”

I can only think of librarily and librarish. Can I use those? Are there other better alternatives? Example: The topic of this book isn't very "[...]". I don't think you should donate it.
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Word meaning “greedy desire.”

Is there any word with that meaning or a similar one? Example: Many had died in their attempt to be immortal. Kings, emperors, merchants, scientists—the [...] don't discriminate.
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word that means: causing a paradigm shift, new era, revolution

I can't think of the word and it's driving me nuts. I'm looking for a word that can be used when some technology is discovered, way of thinking, or even event happening that causes a big change in ...
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Adjective to describe a person who is easy to work with [closed]

What singular word can be used, to describe a person who is "easy to work with?" Example sentences are ______ people are easy to work with. It's easy to work with John, he's very ______.
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A word to discribe un/equally weighted options

Say for example you have colours to choose from A: red B: yellow C: orange which really doesn't matter, i.e. they play no important roles in your decision, not gaining or losing over one another or ...
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Advertise a House for RENT - how to describe it positively when its completely run-down [closed]

I have a house that I need to rent out but it's old and completely run-down. The house will be demolished in a year or two when the owner is ready to develop the land. What buzz words or phrases can ...
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A positive word for 'opportunist'

The word opportunist seems to be used negatively for a person. Is there a word with the same but positive meaning?
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Is there a term for extreme distaste of certain textures?

Many people have an extreme distaste for certain textures. For example, the feeling and even just the thought of fingernails rubbing on some kinds of cloth makes my skin crawl. After talking to ...
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Adjectives to describe a big human achievement vs. a quick achievement

Premise: It took 13 years and 3 billion dollars to sequence the first human genome by scientists. What would be an adjective to describe this feat? However, now a new software can do the ...
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A word to describe a crafty person who always manages to get his own way or turn things to his own advantage [closed]

The word I'm looking for is a noun. It should be a single word, and fit here: "Jimmy is really a ............ Even after all his shenanigans were made public, he still got the committee to support ...
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Word meaning “without knowing the destination?”

Example: I've been following people [...] recently. I'm looking for something similar to * aimlessly*. But instead of not having a purpose it should mean not knowing the destination.
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Is there a term for “mains power” in American English?

I'm not sure if this is a case of selective memory, or if it's real. It seems that Americans do not use the term "mains power," which is common in British English. The closest synonym I know is "wall ...
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Synonym for the word helpful or caring [closed]

I host international students and am always helping others. Whats a good word to express my desire to help others? I want a japanese tattoo with a powerful word but dont know what to use that relates ...
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Is there a noun that represents a set of interactions?

When discussing human interactions such as a conversation, an email, an online chat, or a postcard, is there a noun that can be used to describe the entire set of interactions? Obviously the plural ...
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Exhortation to “be successful”? [closed]

I just bought a smoothie and the barista wrote the Spanish phrase "Éxitos" on my cup. My Spanish-speaking colleagues tell me this is wishing me success. I'm trying to think of an analogous English ...
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What is a note that gives a preliminary information before the main part called?

I'm looking for a single word (if not, a natural phrase) for a note that you write before starting the main article/part/question etc. It can give a preliminary information (in general). However, it ...
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Alternative to “consumer” that encapsulates viewer/reader/listener/etc

I'm looking for a word that refers to one who xes a piece of media or describes the action of xing a piece of media, where x is the act by which one experiences that work, and where "piece of media" ...
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Single word or phrase - conspiratorially exchanging glances

Is there a single word or a phrase for conspiratorially exchanging glances when someone does something inappropriate?
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What is the term for words that have changed meaning over time?

What is the term for words that have changed meaning over time? For example, in relation to this question on Workplace Stack Exchange the term snafu was of military origin and was used to define a ...
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Word for an object that alters the course of your life?

When learning about people, either through biographic readings or in person, I'm very interested to learn which "object" has had the single greatest effect on them. For example, what has made an ...
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How do you form the 'north' and 'south' versions of 'occident' and 'orient'?

How does one correctly form the "north" and "south" forms for which occident and orient are "west" and "east"? I found boreal and austral, but those look like adjectives and I'm after the nouns. ...
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How do you describe someone who isn't attending a certain event?

I'm working on a software project where we need to label people depending on their presence. Assume an event and people are attending it, we call them the attendees. I assumed I would call those who ...
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Word Request: a word that means “taken over a long span of time”

I'm hoping that this request makes sense - For the past 14 years of my life I've half-written a story that goes on in my head. I've always struggled for a name to call it, but have recently taken to ...
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“Branching Factor” in military and industrial organizations?

In math, branching factor measures the (average) number of descendants in a tree; e.g., the branching factor of a binary tree is 2. How is the same number called when applied to the military (usually ...
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Term or phrase for a traumatic or life-changing event

What is the word or phrase that describes a traumatic event that stops or changes a person’s mode of living? Something like an illness or something like happened to Tom Hanks in the movie Cast Away. ...
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a word that would mean “a marriage where either of the spouse is of a higher rank or caste”

I was writing an essay when I used the word morganatic and I realized I don't quite know the word for a marriage between people of unequal ranks that society holds as unfair or against the norms. it ...
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Word that describes either a team or a single player

What is a good word for describing an entity (usually in a sports event) that can consist of one or more players? The idea is to give a name to a class (in code) for such a group (or player) within a ...
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What word or phrase describes the quality of an assertion to be inbetween a fact and an opinion?

I'm looking for a word or phrase that describes a statement that is neither a scientific fact nor an opinion. Google defines opinion as "a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily ...
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Word to describe “everyday things”

Is there any one word which can describe everyday things? By this, I mean things we commonly regard as things most people do every day, like taking a shower, brushing your teeth, getting dressed, ...
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A word for when a machine or process occasionally misses a step

I am looking for a verb that means that a process misses a step occasionally. This would be for a case where a machine or process sometimes, but not always, produces incorrect results. For ...