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Is there a word for people incapable of thinking?

That is the way it is done since ever. Some offer simplifications: they are, though, for people incapable of thinking. Is there a word to express that equivalently or anyway close? The sentence ...
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A word for a scrawny, ghastly but wise and academic or studious person

I'm looking for a word, not necessarily a direct “reverse dictionary” sort of word that has the definition above, but even a creative word that can describe, label, or represent that sort of person ...
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Word for a person who is very much interested in having her photographs clicked? [duplicate]

No, I am not talking about selfies. This person misses no opportunity to be in each and every photo shoot at a gathering. Last time, I remember, at a function we had a choice of getting her for a ...
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Word for “animals, including humans”?

Commonly, "animals" means "all animals, except humans". So is there a single word for "animals, including humans"? Particularly, if you had a list of two choices, animal or human, what would you ...
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One word or phrase for something or a situation that can be done but cannot be done for some reason

Single word or phrase for "something that can be done and also cannot be done for some reason" For example a job that you hate and you don't want to continue but also you can't leave because you need ...
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Headline for a subsection that refers to a summary for the whole section

I am looking for a subsection headline that describes that the subsection will summarise all the information given in the subsections before (within the larger section). For instance, Section title ...
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What's an expression for a cunningly-fake friend?

I'd like to warn somebody of one of their harmful managers, or even a so-called fake friend, so I say it like this: Don't trust him! He is nothing but a cunning person who is trying to harm ...
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What word/term could explain the “food sufficiency”?

I need to display a percentage of "food sufficiency" for a population. This is how it works: X > 100% : abundance, wastes X = 100% : enough food for everyone, perfect production, no waste X < ...
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Verb for doing something unknowingly

I cannot think of an effective verb that would suggest someone is doing something unknowingly yet doing it nonetheless - almost like acquiescing. I have thought of 'sleepwalking' however there must be ...
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1answer
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Word that for nouns that are a continuous quantity (as opposed to discrete)

I'm looking for the name for the class of nouns that describe things whose quantity is continuous rather than discrete. For example, "cream", "water", "fire" are all nouns in this set. In contrast, ...
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2answers
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Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty [closed]

Is there a word or phrase that means crying because of beauty or crying in reaction to beauty?
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A word to describe hidden sexual intent… play on words

What's a word to describe hidden sexual intention? e.g "Haha I was reading your profile and ...you seem pretty tight ;-)" How would I respond with a word that describes double meaning of a sentence ...
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Is there a word for the concept of attributing genius to something simply because it's incomprehensible?

Say someone is a well-known, highly-praised academic figure who came out with an idea that was complete and utter nonsense, yet instead of dismissing it as BS, some folks insist the idea is brilliant ...
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Another word for sultry

I understand sultry means: (of the air or weather) hot and humid. (of a person, especially a woman) attractive in a way that suggests a passionate nature. Lot of people associate sultry ...
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1answer
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I am looking for a word that means to indirectly support someone or aid someone? [closed]

It sounds like cooperate or support. I think it starts with c
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Word for a certain type of “quiet agreement”

I'm looking for a word which means a particular kind of feeling, of "quiet agreement". Not being a poet, this feeling is difficult to describe in general. But I can give an example where this has ...
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3answers
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Word for a result/achievement so exceptional that it is impossible?

I am looking for a word or phrase regarding something that is "impossible". I can't seem to put my finger on it, but I am trying to think of the word to describe something that is the top of the top, ...
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What English construction matches the Boolean condition of nand?

English language usage has some logical word pairs including: Or | Nor Either | Neither With | Without But there doesn't seem to be an opposition to the word "and". In computer engineering and ...
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Negative word for someone whose voice pitch varies too much? (opposite of monotone)

The closest word I can come up with is "dynamic", but that has positive connotations. I'm looking for a word for someone whose voice is dynamic to the extreme--overly varied intonation. The best I ...
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Is there a word/phrase/idiom to describe the feeling of you facing a dilemma?

I've got "running backward on a cornfield" as an answer on Reddit... there aren't enough usages of it online so I'm not quite sure what it actually means... are there any alternatives?
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2answers
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Word for numeric value that is not necessarily the result of a measuring process [closed]

I have the phrase “mechanical properties measurement” and am looking for a good replacement for measurement that would not imply a measuring process, as the "measurement" in question is simply a ...
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8answers
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Politer word to refer to a 'cleaner'

Is there a polite way to refer to someone who is responsible for cleaning at work?
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1answer
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Word that describes experiencing something second-hand

What word describes experiencing something second-hand? This word has been on my mind a long time, but it keeps eluding me. The word, I think it's an adjective, describes experiencing something ...
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3answers
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Word meaning 'to reduce its influence' or 'to deal with' in regards to an argument.

I'm writing Point three is actually really interesting, but to[reduce its influence] I'll point out that [counter arguement]. What I'm getting at here, is that I'm not claiming to completely ...
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Word or phrase referring to people who talk with unnecessary styles/gestures

I can't explain this perfectly, but what do you call a girl/boy who talks with unnecessary style, childish whim, and extra gestures (like small kids sometimes do to attract people's attention).
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Word for people living in poverty [closed]

Can anyone help me identify a proper word for a person or persons living in poverty? I'm looking for a noun that satisfies the description, which isn't just an adjective turned noun (ex. the poor).
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Single word to describe a person who is difficult to work with [closed]

Is there a single word to describe someone who is difficult to work with in a work environment. They turn down offers to help but then blame you if things aren't done, try to actively go against what ...
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More fitting alternative for 'air-raid'

I wonder what one would call an alarm that is set off when the impact of a (nuclear) missile is imminent. Air-raid doesn't really fit, for the bombardement is not carried out by planes but rather by ...
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2answers
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Hypernym for “audio podcast”, “radio drama”, and “audiobook”

I'm setting up my media library to contain music, movies, shows, audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks. I would like audio podcasts, radio dramas, and audiobooks to be in the same category, ...
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2answers
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Aphorisms that use two words in reverse order [duplicate]

I've found aphorisms often that play on the meaning of two words and their interaction and was wondering what one might call them. An example is the PJ Harvey song name: The whore hustles and ...
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Me and my ancestors - single word

I'd like to find a single noun that relates to me and which corresponds to the list of people including me and each of my ancestors. I've already rejected the following words: genealogy : means a ...
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Word for “helping work”

Example: Speaker A: You got a new babysitting job? Speaker B: No, it's just a [...]. No payment. Speaker B is just going to do a "helping work", say, taking care of a friend's cat while the ...
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2answers
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Whats the word for the supposed content of an inventory?

Assume I have a stock of sorts and I have a list of stuff that is supposed to be in there. The sentence I have in mind is: compare the actual with the [nominal inventory] The words in brackets ...
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Synonym for character (as in a person in a book)

A story normally consists of several characters (i.e. the protagonist, the antagonist, and so forth), but is there a good synonym for the word character? I've often used "people", but it seems overly ...
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is there a word which conveys the idea of criticizing with (or out of) love?

Is there a word, for criticizing someone out of love. Like a lover would do or a father would do. It's not just criticising or reproaching, there is that love and care factor involved, for the ...
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What is a good way to describe or call something that has been made into something unique and fashionable out of something old and outdated? [closed]

I need a way to describe the process of turning old outdated objects into fashionable new ideas and products.
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Is there a more concise way to describe this hairstyle?

Is there a more concise way to describe this character's hairstyle, other than 'a bun, with parted bangs and tassels framing her face'?
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5answers
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Word for someone or something deeper than most would assume

I was looking for a word to describe someone and I'm certain it exists... to describe a person is usually assumed to be one-dimensional but is in fact not, or even something more literal like a ...
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6answers
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Word for Thing Being Described?

The descriptor is the term that describes something. Is there a word for that which is being described? Many English words exist that have this "affected-affector" relationship. For example, it ...
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6answers
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Someone who knows he is too small to change politics, but still wants to fight

What is the word for someone who wants to fight against corruption in politics, but he knows he's too small to really change anything? For example many artists are like this: What do you call an ...
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A synonym for “picky” with a positive connotation (food)?

We're very picky about the ingredients we use. In that context, what's a synonym for "picky" with a positive connotation, that denotes that we care very much about the quality of the ingredients? ...
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What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault?

What is the word for someone who tries so hard to get to something but he can't and it's not his fault? For example a person wants to buy a car. He works hard and saves money but by the time he saved ...
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Too big a step? [duplicate]

I am recently reading a book called "Small Steps". So there is one sentence I just came across, which was "If he tried to take too big a step,...", I thought this sentence was grammatically wrong, but ...
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4answers
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A word relating to sad emotional drunkenness

I tried googling the word but no success. I recall it was used in a pejorative manner, but it isn't slang, at least in this day and age. And maybe it even describes a pathetic or morbid rambling of a ...
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2answers
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Term for 'wounded (Callus-bearing) knuckles'

I have often observed the knuckles of some people bearing weird bruises. Googling tells me a 'callus' fits the description of the bruise. Is there a term for these knuckles?
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4answers
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verb for “To make more modular”

I am a software developer. I am looking for a good verb that I can use to convey to people that I made a set of changes to a piece of code that made the code more modular. In other words, I took a ...
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What is it called when a highly respected person commits an immoral act but people don't believe that he committed the act?

I was wondering. It just came up. It has no real world relevancy. An example: A highly respected businessman commits child abuse and one day his wife finds out about it. She shares what she had ...
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Word for that certain fear, worrying you might involuntarily jump from a cliff?

Is there a word for the following fear: being afraid of doing something you don't want to do and you know you shouldn't. For example: if you're on a high place, you don't want to jump, but you're ...
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1answer
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A word to refer to a text fragment that is not transcribed (or probably transcribed incorrectly) from spoken material?

Let’s say I want to decipher (transcribe) some spoken material (voice) to text, but after doing this, I doubt if some parts have been transcribed correctly. What is appropriate word to describe such ...
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any appropriate word in english for 'Khushi & Gum' [closed]

What can I say 'Khushi & Gum' in single or appropriate word in english. Here 'Khushi & Gum' is from Hindi language.