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How to describe something that's slower than it could be, but it guarantees success eventually?

I'm trying to name a module in a piece of software. The module guarantees the delivery of messages sent on a network connection that's only available intermittently, and makes no guarantees about when ...
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How to refer to someone who has depression(A noun for someone who has depression)?

What do we call a person who is suffering from depression? Usually I hear "X has depression" but can I say *"X is a 'depressive'"? I have heard the word depressive used as a noun before; but I'm ...
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One word for Strategy good for each of the cases and Strategy good for only few of the cases

I have two strategies that I am applying to my study cases. The first strategy is good for each of the study cases. The second strategy is very good for only few of the study cases but not so good for ...
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Name of a person that is intolerant of stupidity

What noun or adjective would one give to a person that is intolerant of stupidity? A person that becomes annoyed, angry, or of very short temper when conversing or interacting with people of a lower ...
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A good word for the opposite of pretentious?

Q: What is a good opposite of pretentious? The dictionary definition is: "Attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed." To which I can think of: ...
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Word for the act of databasing

Database has found its way into the English vernacular as a verb as well as a noun. I can have a database, but I can also database information. I have heard used the other verb tenses 'databased' ...
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Word for reduction of open positions/jobs

When we say "reduction of positions", in the context of a company's efficiency plan, are we talking about laying off current employees, or eliminating available positions at a company (e.g. in the ...
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Single word/phase for “if they can do it, why can't I?”

Is there a single word/phrase to describe the personality attribute of "If they can do it, why can't I?" nature. Need this for grounded theory analysis of interviews for my PG. Thanks a lot
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Word for a person who is challenged to a bet [duplicate]

When I want to challenge my friend to do something (like a bet), what would you call such a person? Challenged person? Challengee? For example: I challenge my friend to kiss a girl and he'll ...
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use versus used [duplicate]

Which would be correct She said that it will be weird because she is use to doing what she wants or She said that it will be weird because she is used to doing what she wants.
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What word or phrase means 'that which provides a sense of meaning to one's life'?

As in, "driving is my passion and my x". I've been doing my head in looking for some sort of term which denotes such a thing, and I'm also concerned using the term "passion" might render the term I'...
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Is there a word for when two synonym's root words are also synonyms?

For example, Multiamory and Polyamory, where: - Multiamory and Polyamory are both synonyms, meaning having a relationship with multiple people. - Multi- and Poly- are synonyms, both meaning many. - -...
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How can I express “bottom” superlative?

Suppose you have some elements (let's say coins) laid out over a table in vertical order. How can I make reference to the coin at the bottom? The lowest coin? The one that is below any other? I just ...
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What is a word for someone that only does something to benefit them?

Take this paragraph for example: I am a follower, not a leader. Hell, I'm not even that good of a follower either, just someone who will do your bidding for the right price. Even then, if it doesn't ...
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What to do with a 'roadblock'

I have the following piece of text for a technical/scientific paper: "This is a significant roadblock in achieving the vision of ... To solve this roadblock, we present ..." However, this sounds ...
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Term for “to have a hidden purpose for being involved in something”?

The hidden purpose can be selfish or not. He or she is involved in something to ensure their purpose is fulfilled. Example : She joined our group to help us. She has no _____. He will only join us ...
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a single word that can have a different meaning attached to it

What is the terminology for a single word, i.e., cat, but has another meaning in its place like; feline, animal, or beast? I don't think it's a connotation or a hyperbole...
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Word for “Deconstructing Something Past Recognition”

Is there a word or term for deconstructing something so much that it becomes unrecognizable? or breaking something down so far that it cannot be built back up again? To give an example, I sometimes ...
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Word/phrase meaning “prepare ahead of time”

Is there a word or phrase meaning "to prepare ahead of time" that is shorter / more cohesive? For example, if I'm working on a recipe, let's say it takes 30 minutes to prepare the ingredients and 20 ...
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Is there a word for a person who likes to bathe a lot?

I like to spend a lot of time bathing..I kind of enjoy it...I just cant get enough of it..I can be under shower for hours. Is there a word for me? I tried googling around but all I could find was ...
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A word for “positive side effect”

Planting a tree will help the environment. And, as a [positive] side effect, you will have a nice decoration in your backyard. Is there a word I can use to describe a side effect that is also ...
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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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What's the word for this part of a sailing ship?

Sometimes on sailing ships or in primitive mills, torque is supplied by several people walking around a big wheel, each pushing an attached lever. Or the lever might be pulled by a donkey. What do you ...
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Neutral word for something or someone that blocks/overrides/negates/vetos something else?

I am working on a system with numerous filters for data. If some filters are applied they will automatically void other filters. E.g. if the user is searching a unique ID the date range filter will ...
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Insubordination by following rules precisely?

Is there a single word for "insubordination by following rules exactly"? (I think there may be a military term for this.) The phrase "Work to rule" is similar, but to me feels more connected to ...
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What is a word for someone who pushes you down so they can benefit?

For example: they say bad things about you or make you mess up on a project so their's looks better. Almost like a bully, but not quite.
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Term/expression for “to spend too much time talking about an issue” [closed]

In the context of a business meeting, the chair of the meeting tells the participants that he doesn't want to "dwell on the tasks that have already been closed". To my understanding, "dwell on" means ...
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Looking for a word to describe a very specific feeling of realised expectation

Is there a word for the feeling you get when you didn't notice you expected something to happen but then when the event occurs you have that moment of realisation or understanding where you recognise ...
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1answer
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Specific word for the hairs on head [duplicate]

Are there words that describe the head-hairs, just being curious.
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1answer
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A word for the jealousy and fighting among siblings.

Is thera a word for the fighting among brothers/sisters for attention, importance or whatever. I want to describe the 15-20 years of relationship with my brother as a competition.
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Group of Socialites.

I am looking for a pretty descriptive word for a group of socialites. Similar in tone to a roar of lions, rather than usual pride. A puff of dragons would be another. It needs to be positive in ...
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Word for changing or shortening or abbreviating a given name

I came to this website when I was looking for a particular word - but did not use a thesaurus because I could not think of a good synonym. Instead I searched for Word for changing or shortening ...
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What is the classifying noun for a person who is both a project term member and a consumer of the final product?

In a scenario where, two people, say a capenter and a plumber, are both working on a shopping mall construction project. The carpenter, lives in a foreign land, will return home when her direct ...
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Word for relationships that are not serious or personal or are just requirements

A word for the relationship between someone and their pizza guy, doctor, elevator attendant, etc to whom they are not close to as compared to family and friends. It maybe a vague and shallow ...
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Can the word “publications” represent books, papers, journals, magazines, etc.?

The top-voted answer to Is there a noun representing books, papers, magazines, and all the other things one might read? is "documents" and "literature". I want to know how the word "publications" ...
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A more mainstream English word for “invoking Poe's Law”

I'm thinking of a definition like this: v. Insincerely acting out or pretending at a set of actions and/or beliefs, often for comedic effect, with such vigor and frequency that the actions or beliefs ...
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What is it called when people use words like ur and u in place of your, and you? [duplicate]

And why do people say it's lazy and bad? Why do people call others stupid for it, when it's intentional and I don't really think its wrong in casual conversations through text (obviously not speech) ...
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word that means “that which is being predicted” [closed]

If we are using one thing to predict another, the first thing might be called a "signal" or more generically a "predictor". What might we call the thing being predicted? For example, if the weather ...
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Word for terror at the idea of being infinitely born again into different bodies

I'm looking for a word that describes terror at the idea of being infinitely born back into the world, trapped in a cycle that never ends and is inescapable. Possibly a word that relates to religion ...
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A word or expression to describe photographers, film makers

Hello good people of the English stackexachange, Non-native English speaker here. I'm looking for a category name for people that use cameras (photo or video), drones, different kind of equipment, to ...
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A word for clearing someone's misconception or wrong belief

Suppose someone believes that god created human beings and there was no evolution. I helped them realize the truth and removed their misconception or wrong belief. Usage: I ____ed him. Or I ____ her ...
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Single word for “Questions about existence” [closed]

I am looking for a suitable title for an article that raises questions about why a particular thing X exists, what purpose does it serve etc.? I am looking for a single word that would replace "...
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Is there a more generic word for US-centrism?

When an article (or any kind of document) is written specifically from the point of view of a citizen of the United States of America, I could complain about a US-centric bias. Are there other words ...
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Word for “A symbol that means a word/phrase”

This article about using Ћ to stand for the made me think about how different symbols represent words or phrases. For example: @ means at; % means per cent; # can mean pound or number; ♥ can mean love,...
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The tendency to try to find the answer to questions in one's own mind

What is the tendency of humans to try to find in their own minds the answer to questions they do not know the answer to, called? The tendency that fuels belief in conspiracy theories, and as some ...
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Word for “not putting thought into something”

I'm writing a letter to someone and I want to describe the way a woman talked to me the whole night. Every time I told her something, I got short answers which had zero thought put into them. Like "...
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Word to describe belief in God

I'm looking for a term or word for someone who is certain there was a God, but is no longer around. Maybe God died, went away, or just no longer keeps an eye on us. I thought agnostic, but that ...
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Word to describe the way cattle and buffalo consume fodder?

How do you describe the the way cattle buffalo chew ("re-chewing", specifically) their food? There is a specific aspect of their food eating habit which is often related to how people work.
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Can-do attitude but person go beyond limits

I am trying to find a single word for behavior stated below, When a manager assigns a task to an employee, they do anything to achieve the goals regardless of thinking what they are doing is ...