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One word for limited or piecemeal benefit

I'm writing a paper on data strategy for large corporates. In this paper I define 4 levels of maturity on the path to a Google-like nirvana state where corporate, client, user, and other data is ...
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What's the act of darkening windows to disallow visibility?

What's the word to describe the act of darkening windows to disallow visibility from outside yet visibility from inside to outside is possible? I was thinking of tinting, to tint a window, but ...
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A word or phrase describing “cheap talk” or “cheap issues”

Cheap talk like a kind of talking back of actors'/actresses' lives or an interview about their secret lives in some popular magazines or cheesy show off like reality shows you can find in TV channels. ...
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Word for compact, parenthesis-writing style: A (B) is x (y) for A is x, B is y

In English, is there a word to describe the compact writing style in the example below? The highest (lowest) recorded temperature was 20°C (5°C). meaning The highest recorded temperature was ...
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Situation when a sentence can't be appealed

After a specific period, or if the appeal is found invalid for any reason, or was issued at the final instance court, a sentence becomes valid and is to be executed. I found the translation of the ...
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Is there any term for a person who has changed his name?

Is there any term for a person who has changed his name? For example, there was a man who was named "Jacob" when he was born, but when he reached the age of 18 he decided to change his name to ...
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Deleter or deletor? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the rule for adding -er vs. -or when nouning a verb? Assuming it would even be a word, how would I describe someone or something that "deletes": deleter or ...
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Legal name for “individual” vs. “company”

I'm creating an online service and I want both individuals and companies to use it. In the registration form, I want to ask the user: Are you an individual or a company? Are these terms correct ...
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Classification of culinary related item called?

Related to this question, what is the classification of culinary items like (ingredients, spices, cooking materials called?)
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Is the word “colic” a right word in this context?

If I drink too much water and run or do some extreme activities, I will feel something in my stomach. I also want to stop doing the activities because of that feeling as well. It's not hurting, ...
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What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? [duplicate]

What is an English noun for whom you have a conversation with? I expect a word like 'counterpart.' I want a simple word for it to name a model in my web application.
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Single word for “product or service”

Is there a single word that can represent the phrase "product or service" as in this sentence: Companies won't succeed unless they can provide a wanted product or service at a fair price.
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One word for things that would be nice to have, but not required to have?

Something a bit professional sounding? In a scenario where there was also a bunch of Requirements, this situation could be easily solved by labelling one as Required and this specific bunch of things ...
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What is the word that means the way that a word feels in the mouth when it is spoken?

I have found some words for pleasant sounding words, such as mellifluous and phonoaesthetics. However I am seeking a word, either in English or any other language, that means the feel of a word as it ...
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Word for inability to think in certain ways

Am looking for a word that loosely means inability to think in certain ways. For example, for lyricists (or writers) lyrics come so naturally, but for non-lyricists it's very difficult to think how ...
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Is there a word for when someone tells you to do what you're already doing?

Is there a word that describes when someone tells you to do the thing that you are already doing? It seems there should be a word for that. Or at least there should be a word for it so that you can ...
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What do you call the linguistic ambiguity in an assertion "Blah is the Best X?

I don't know the correct name of the following characteristic or phenomena to search for it on Google for further study and exploration: Someone says they live in the "Best Democracy" and they ...
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Word beginning with “auto” which means “to watch over and over again in mind's eye”

I encountered the word I am searching for in R.C.Robertson-Glasgow's Crusoe on Cricket; but, since I do not have the book, nor online access to it, I cannot search for that word. The meaning is ...
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Words that are members of multiple classes of words (without changing form) [duplicate]

By "class of word" I mean a noun, verb, adjective, adverb etc. This notation came from reading the definitions of these words themselves. For example noun grammar any member of a class of words ...
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Are there any words in English meaning “goodbye forever”? [closed]

I'm not a native speaker. I want to know if there is any word that you use to express that yourself and the listener will not have a chance to see each other again, or that it is incredibly unlikely ...
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what is one word meaning two people who are of the exact same age? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Word for two people who are the same age I notice this discussion was closed back in February but I need to re-open it because I heard the answer on the radio today. It ...
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Architectural term for inward-facing corners [closed]

A T has eight corners. Six of these point outwards and two (the armpit) corners face inwards. In reference to a building, what is the term to describe the inward corners? The closest I've come up ...
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Is there a word for the “Origin of Gestures”?

I came across this little nugget of infomation whilst browsing a forum. The English archers were so efficient against French knights that whenever the French captured one, they would cut of two ...
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Annual version of the word “eve” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there such a thing as a “pre-anniversary”? Or a better word? If "eve' means the day before or period before an event, is there a word or succinct phrase ...
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Is 'unwind' an appropriate term for describing the shrinking phase of a recursive process? [closed]

Can we say, for instance, that once the base case for a recursive procedure is reached, the recursive process consisting of the evaluation of the procedure 'unwinds'? Here, the term 'unwind' would ...
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Words (especially homographs or homonyms) with different inflection [closed]

Is there a term for words (especially homographs or homonyms of the same word class) that differ in their inflection? The Latin ēdūcō whose present infinitive is ēducere (“to lead forth, to erect”) ...
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How do you say this in English? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: Framing a question to which the answer is an ordinal number How to phrase an asking sentence that must be answered with an ordinal number (e.g., the third prime) ? It ...
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What are “good men that do nothing” called?

"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." -Edmund Burke Is there an idiom, phrase or preferably a single word that we can call people that could have helped ...
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What is a word for the 7 deadly sins AND the 7 heavenly virtues all together?

Obviously, just for the 7 deadly sins you would use 'sin' and for the 7 heavenly virtues you would use 'virtue' or 'heavenly' but what word would you use to describe all 14 of them together?
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What is the adjective form for “edit?”

As in "that which could be edited," or "editable" if you will.
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Better than premium

Is there something higher (better) than the word premium, or does it mean the best? Also, is there something in between premium and deluxe? Graphically: Does any word fit here? > Premium > Does any ...
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What do you call the fire that is built outdoors and for cooking only (not for camping)?

Example: The barbecue tasted incredible, with that unique aroma that only [...] gives to the meat. I thought of using the word campfire but in the sentence the barbecue isn't taking place in a ...
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Are there any English one-word equivalents for “je ne sais quoi”?

Wiktionary defines je ne sais quoi as An intangible quality that makes something distinctive or attractive. She has a certain je ne sais quoi about her. Is there a single-word equivalent?
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Single word for one-sided friendship

I am looking for a single word to describe a one-sided friendship.
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Is there a word for people who always act too friendly in order to curry favor with their acquaintances?

Is there a single noun or adjective for a person who is always flattering friends and acquaintances, not only to be liked and accepted but, at other times, to curry favor with them as well ? I'm not ...
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Word that means “the front side of a person”? [closed]

For example, to be used in a sentence like this: He always found it easier to recall his girlfriend's back rather than her [...].
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Word for not caring at all about anything

I've looked at this question but it doesn't quite match the term I'm seeking. I once heard a speaker use a term to describe the syndrome accompanied with drug dependencies. He said the word and then ...
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Single word meaning “pregnant woman”

Does such a word exist? It has occurred to me that the "woman" part is redundant, since only women can be pregnant (except for Arnold Schwarzanegger in Junior)
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That which comes before the “sequel” [closed]

The word "sequel" comes from the the Latin word sequela which means "that which follows" This Latin word is formed of two parts, "sequi" which is "to follow", and a suffix to make it a noun,"-ela". ...
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What term means or refers broadly to “the people of the parent's generation” or “the people of the grandparent's generation”?

Are there specific terms used to more broadly refer to the generation or which generation people are in? The first term would refer to the generation considering of mother, father, the mother or ...
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Looking for a single word for 'almost real in appearance'

I am looking for a single word for describing dolls that looks like real human beings.
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What is a single word for a ruling representative of a supreme leader who carries out his orders?

What is a single word for a ruling representative of a supreme leader who carries out his orders and at the same time has almost complete rule over the portion of the earth in which the supreme leader ...
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One word for “easily understood”

What is a one word substitute for something which is "easily understood"? I can think of clear but I guess there are other better words. Edit 1. Will the answer be different for easily ...
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What's a good word to describe adults who are not yet parents?

Just read this in Emma Donoghue's book "Room". Is there a word for adults who are not parents?
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What is the shortest term to refer to people whose mother tongue is English?

What is the shortest term to refer to representatives of peoples and cultures whose mother tongue is English? Mothertonguers? Update: Can't I call them joe?
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Student:Classmate::Teacher:____________?

A student is a classmate, schoolmate, etc. to another student. But what is a teacher to another teacher? Couldn't it be colleague? Surely not, because a colleague could be any employee working with ...
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Word for “completely fascinated” [closed]

What is a word for completely fascinated? I want to convey the same meaning but using only one word if possible. Using two big words for this seems like an overkill.
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One who believes in their own religion and criticizes other religions? [closed]

What is the word for a person who strongly believes in their own adopted or birth religion and opposes or criticizes other religions?
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What is non-derogatory way of saying “people here are obsessed with sports”?

Saying obsessed or being crazy about something seems a little negative and derogatory. How am I supposed to say it in a positive way.
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What’s the word to describe a person in this role?

I was watching a prank, and I wonder what they call, or how you describe, the person in the prank who is not a bystander but pretends to be one. Is there a noun for this? He is with the prank-makers ...