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Stochastic antonym, medical context

I'm looking for a word that compliments stochastic (randomly determined) in a medical context, specifically in describing when radiation effects occur. 'Acute' seems to be the generally used term for ...
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Rankings out of integer and a half?

When giving items a score its not uncommon to restrict values to make scoring easier. For example: I can give a movie a score out of 5 stars using only integers, i.e. 0,1,2,3,4,5. Or I can give a ...
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A word or idiom to describe an abusive parent who wants to keep their child

I just finished watching the video game Among the Sleep and at the end At the beginning of the game, the mother seems to cling onto the child possibly in memory of the little boy's father. At the ...
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Noun for person who tells how not to do something, and then does it

Okay so I'm sure many people have seen this happen before and it tends to happen apparently intentionally, in more of a way to seem comical, but here is the example for what I am talking about: ...
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Sorted in order of appearance

Is there a single word to describe when something is sorted in "order of appearance"? Bibliographies are often sorted like this. Names of actors/actresses in a movie sometimes are, too. This is in ...
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What is the opposite of “strategic”?

I found out from a previous co-worker that his company is hiring a "Strategic Account Manager". If I interpret this to mean: one who manages accounts which are strategic then which word can I ...
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What do you call a unit of beer within a pack?

This is for academic writing purposes. I am trying to come up with a word that could indistinguishably describe a bottle or a can within a pack of beer. I cannot say "a unit" because "a unit" in my ...
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Unknown addiction [closed]

If I am addicted to something, but I do not know what I am addicted to, is there such a word to describe that? Is it appropriate to use "unknown" addiction, since I am not aware of it? Is there ...
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hungry is to starving as thirsty is to? [closed]

When someone is very hungry we say he is starving. How to describe someone who is very thirsty?
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A word to describe interest in a process related to a certain situation but not in the situation itself

The word to describe a person's interest in a process related to a certain situation but does not necessarily convey their interest in the situation itself. To provide context: Over the last 4 years ...
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Common term for Source & Destination

What is the hypernym of Destination & Source? For example, The information will be verified to fit all relevant criteria at all [source and destination points].
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“To jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence.”

Looking for a single word, or short phrase, in any language, that approximates to that concept: "to jog in stride with someone, particularly in silence." This - if our collective wisdom can find it - ...
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What is an action (in one word) that makes you say “goodbye”?

Is there some verb that represents an action of "saying goodbye" ? Example: When you meet someone, you say hello. When you ____ (with) someone, you say goodbye. When a pair does this it ...
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What do you call the area or place where employees clock in or out?

What do you call the area or place in a company or factory where employees or workers clock in or out everyday? I have found that in some hospitals nurses clock in or out at the nurse station. But ...
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Is there a word or phrase for “knowing what others know/does not know”?

I am looking for a word/phrase that would mean something of the sort "knowing what others (e.g., students) know in a subject". I am looking for a word similar to empathy, which is defined by Oxford ...
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What would you call her actions here?

Here is a situation: Whenever a 2-year-old son does something wrong, his aunt always makes some remarks to her husband regarding that child's misbehavior and she does it deliberately in the presence ...
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What do you call the facial expression or the state just before bursting into tears?

What do you call this facial expression that forms just before bursting into tears? (Especially when a baby has been treated in a way he/she didn't expect and consider it unfair or feels neglected. Of ...
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What's the word for performing a manual examination

Imagine yourself walking into a room, and you see a pocketwatch on the table, you pick it up, look closely at it, perhaps open it up. Maybe it's one of those see through kind, so you can see some of ...
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What do you call it when it's not raining, but the atmosphere causes everything to be wet?

I'm currently having a discussion with colleagues about what this is. Basically it's kind of a cloud has rolled into to ground level. It's not raining in the sense that there are no drops of water ...
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An adjective that describes written form of something without technical details?

I recently posted this comment on a question in StackOverflow: This is my personal opinion, but I think that this is an advanced enough topic that anyone looking for a reusable solution to cache ...
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Perfect word for the clicking sound which happens when you stretch your bones? [duplicate]

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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How do you call the crunching sound from bone joints?

When I wake up and do stretching I hear some sounds from my joints. How do you call this crunching sound from bone joints?
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Is there any expression in English that express the assistance among members in a family?

Ok, this is pretty popular in Asia but not in Western countries. In Asia & especially in many traditional families, members in the families often help each other when 1 of the member got some ...
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What do you call a person/thing that is needed to finish the system/project/goals or plans?

What do you call a person/thing that is needed to finish the system/project/goals or plans? Without it/him or her, the system/project/goals or plans can never be finished just like the last piece of ...
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A specific word for stating something so obvious it is not useful to state

For example, answering the question "what is this?" with an overly literal response.The word I am trying to remember would be used in the phrase "Not to be XXX but unexpected events are unexpected. ...
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Is there a term for a free ride without consent?

I think there should be a specific term for someone getting a free ride without consent, but I keep thinking of the word "hijack" which clearly isn't correct. Examples include jumping on a train ...
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Term similar to feminist but focused on unfair prejudices against *either* gender?

I hate gender stereotypes and prejudices in general, and I am a definite believer in many so called 'feminist issues'. However, I feel a small minority of feminists have gone too far, past fixing ...
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Distinguishing Counts of Ancestors

I am trying to refer to a number of ancestors in two ways, and I need two terms or even two adjectives for "ancestors" that will distinguish one from another. The case I am interested in is where ...
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Word or shorter term for “Possibly delayed”, as in the capacity for unreliable timing

I'm looking for a word or shorter term for "possibly delayed". This is not expressing any probability of a delay, just the capacity to be delayed. The specific usage I have in mind is: the displayed ...
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What do you call a murderer who burns their victims alive?

I promise this isn't as weird as it sounds. I've tried a bit of Googling but I can't find anything that works well. I'm looking for a single word for a pyromaniac that burns people alive. The ...
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Single word for delaying a decision with only one option?

Can anyone tell me a single word that describes delaying a decision, although there is only one option?
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Shorter equivalent to (un)replaced

This may be aimed more at developers; but lets say you have a string with a possible variable in it assigned to another variable. $myVarBeforeReplacement = 'some_string_with_{var}'; Then after some ...
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Word for Feeling That Something Is “Off” about a Person?

Is there a word for the feeling one gets around someone who sets off your "spider senses", red flags, warning bells, and so on? I want to say something like, "she made people feel ____." This might ...
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What overarching category do “street,” “road,” “avenue”, etc. belong to?

Apple belongs to the category of Fruit. What category do street, road, and avenue belong to?
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What is a word for a relationship where one party benefits while the other gains/loses nothing?

I'm a programmer and I need a name for this relationship. A bit more elaborate description: I have a banana, a pear and a pineapple in my lap, they all taste equally good. If I add an apple to ...
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“I wanna get wet in rain with you” Is there a better word than the vulgar-sounding “wet”? [closed]

From what I know drenched is not the best word. I would like to say: I wanna get all wet (literally) with you in the rain. Something that can express the feeling that I want to enjoy the rain ...
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A word to describe a dark, solemn, good person?

I'm trying to find a word that describes someone who has all at once the qualities solemn, aloof, and stoical -- a word that one would use when looking at a sort of dark and brooding but admirable ...
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How would I address people who attend church with me?

So I am a christian and attend church. How would I grammatically refer to people who also attend my church. Fellow church mates, church-goer, church attendee? A fellow ______ gave me a job at her ...
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Word for eerily quiet manner when plotting something/scheming

I remember seeing a word that defined someone's creepy manner or eery quietness when having plotted against or going to plot against someone/thing. If not that, just the quietness associated with ...
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What is the opposite of someone who has been sheltered?

I am looking for a word to describe a teenager as someone who is "not sheltered." Someone who has been exposed to many different people, communities and ways of thinking. Worldly seems too broad of a ...
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Having the upper (what?) over common sense [closed]

What should I write in the gap? But the urge to explore took precedence over all the dos and don'ts, giving stupidity the upper __________ over common sense, and so it was that one day three ...
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Word for emotional state of jealous satisfaction from the whirlwind reaping of others

Consider observing someone getting a taste of their own medicine, reaping the whirlwind or whose chickens are coming home to roost. In some ignoble, jealous way such situations can be satisfying for ...
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Word for “getting something to work”

In engineering contexts, one often does not actually implement a design, but rather uses an existing implementation. The process of getting an existing solution to work might require some time and ...
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Is there an alternative way of saying “important stuff”

I want to write an email to my supervisor and ask him to provide me a guideline for things I should be careful with, while I will be working on a project. Is there an alternative and shorter way of ...
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An Idiom as a reality

Is there a word to describe when you use an idiom to describe reality ? Examples : Raining cats and dogs and it is actually raining cats and dogs, Boxed in and you are actually surrounded by boxes.
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A term in English for when you “clink” (?) or touch glasses together [duplicate]

I was out for a meal with a few Spanish friends of mine and at one stage during the evening we all "clinked" (?) or touch our glasses together. This is something that is usually done after someone ...
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What do you call someone who dresses strangely or extravagantly? [closed]

Someone who, in normal settings, dresses like this: (Without falling in the category of a transsexual or a cross-dresser.) Example sentence: S/he wears _______ clothes and costumes all the ...
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better word for “un-influenced”

I want to write something like "Follow your dream! Make sure it is un-influenced by the society". Is there a better word? Here the idea is to convey that dreams should not be seeded into someone by ...
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Is there a single word for “group of intelligent people”? [duplicate]

Please, suggest any single word that can define the meaning of this following phrase: Group of intelligent people.