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A geographical area, inhabited by people but never having had any government

The question is not, about an area which had had government and has fallen into (or achieved!) anarchy, nor about areas which are considered by the inhabitants to be a settlement in continuation or ...
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A word to describe responses such as “I see” and “Okay”

While conversing, I sometimes find myself, after listening to what my partner has to say, responding with phrases such as "I see" and "Okay" to indicate that I haven't lost interest but I either don't ...
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What do you call someone who wants to be by themselves, but whants someone to show they care

Like I want to be a lone a lot, but I want a text from someone asking me if I want to hang out. Or someone to text me first. Make it seem like they actually randomly think of me and care. I'm always ...
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Word for dismissing someone's opinions as racist, sexist, etc, instead of debating back

I'm looking for either a single word or phrase that would describe either someone or the action of dismissing someone's opinions as something "socially unpopular", without giving any reasoning why, ...
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Is there a word for irrational anger?

Is there a word to describe irrational anger in a similar way that phobia is used to describe irrational fear?
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What is this type of idiom called: “I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but…”

Basically, when someone says something along the lines of "I know he's not the smartest person in the world, but he should at least pass first grade math." It's peculiar because they are ...
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Is there a single word for when something becomes neglected or forgotten (e.g. a plant dies because the gardener forgets to water it)?

What single word can we use to describe something that has "died through neglect" e.g. a plant that has died due to the person forgetting to water it. (Note: I'm specifically hoping to apply this ...
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Common term or single word for someone who is embarrassingly over-complimentary

Does English have a word for someone who compliments another person in a way which is awkward or even embarrassing? Someone who uses compliments which are overly-familiar and all but inappropriate, ...
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Word for Secretive Marriage that is not Elope

I'm unsure if there is any term for this other than "A secretive marriage", but figured I would let you smart forum goers decide. I am aware of the word Elope: To run away secretly with the ...
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Describing People belonging to a Country [duplicate]

Initially, it seems like a Pattern of ending with n: People from India are Indians People from Rwanda are Rwandans People from Russia are Russians People from Nigeria are Nigerians People from Cuba ...
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Is there a single word for combining two things for synergism

I am writing a paper where two things are combined to be more efficient than each individually. I think I've used "integrated" 30 times so far.
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Word to describe a person who is leader

I am pretty sure that there is a special word to describe person (specially in politics) whose party gets recognized by that person? For example, Party-A belongs to Person-A, instead of Person-A ...
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An old car in bad condition

I am in need of a word to describe an old, bad conditioned car that is yet still running. Ragged came to my mind, but it seems to be inappropriate for things not related to clothing. Wrecked is also ...
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Is there an umbrella term for fictional and non-fictional works? [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word that describes movies, books, poems, plays, and basically anything that is either fiction or non-fiction. "Media" doesn't work because that includes songs and paintings. ...
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Most fitting word for a time interval with specific start and end? [duplicate]

If I'm talking about an appointment of a specific time and duration, what's the most fitting word? "Time span", "time range", "time interval"? Anything else? By "most fitting" I mean that it should ...
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What is the word for the small elements that make up an orange segment?

An orange is made up of segments, but what is the word for the small tear-drop shaped pieces that comprise the segment itself — within each segment membrane? If you break a segment in half you can ...
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Word for something that is emotionally charged in a way that reduces the chances of approaching the subject from an objective point-of-view?

Is there a word for something that "has a lot of emotional associations which lead to difficulties in approaching the subject rationally and objectively"? For example, I would say that "gay ...
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Adjective/adverb that means “seemingly clever, but actually foolish”

Is there a single word in English (or borrowed) that describes someone or some action as being clever or smart on the surface, but is actually quite foolish or unproductive? I used to think ...
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Word/phrase that means a series of problems of increasing severity caused by a small error

Something small goes wrong, and this triggers something slightly bigger, which triggers something slightly bigger, and so on and so forth until you end up with a chain of problems of increasing ...
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Request for a word rhyming with 'wolf'

I would like to know if there are words rhyming (perfect, identical or holorhymes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holorime) for the word 'Wolf'. Having searched online only for a short while, I ...
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One word for an unforeseen bad dream

Consider the passage: The IT industry has come a long way from the time it started. In not even a hundred years, we have seen dreams — like robots — come true. But we have also seen the ...
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Is there a verb for 'to make negative'? [duplicate]

If I am instructing someone to make a number negative, is there a verb I can use? Negitivise? Negify? Negate, for me, does not work as this is to cancel out, rather than turn a number into the ...
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What is a writing that writes down every single word what one is thinking, called?

I remember that there was one technique of English writing that writes down every single word what one thinks. I forgot what this type of writing is called, does anyone knows the word? "umm, I think ...
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A word similar to 'inspire' which modifies the subject

I want to construct a sentence saying that a pointed chin is a symbol of authority. My current sentence is "The general's [noun] inspires authority". I know that a more correct use of inspire here ...
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Is there a word for someone who tends to find faults in others?

I'm looking for a single word, for someone who... keeps seeing everything that is wrong with everybody else. never seems to see the good of other people, only the bad things. points at others, as ...
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Single word for driving/flying tank, submarine, and plane [duplicate]

From a reddit comment: I have the training to fly thirteen different aircraft, two types of tanks, and a nuclear submarine. Fly doesn't really work with tanks or submarines. What's the best way ...
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Is there a word that means “as its name would suggest?”

Does there exist a single word that more or less means "as its name would suggest?" For example, is there a word that appropriately might replace the bolded portion of this sentence? Computer ...
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What is a word that describes when someone requires a certain quality of another person in order for them to be a possible dating option?

This has been bugging me for the past 30 minutes. It's basically some sort of specific criteria you hold in order to even consider dating someone, like "My girlfriend has to like Star Wars," or "My ...
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What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority? [duplicate]

What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority, such as in the work place they get more perks than other people...teacher's pet?
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In a project, what is the relationship between dependent tasks called?

If I have two tasks, called "Design" and "Development", what are the relationships between the two called? Clearly, this is a type of dependency, but I need to be more specific. That is, I need to ...
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What is a blanket term for a legal system based on evangelical Christian law?

I'm looking for a term that could be used in the place of Sharia (Islam), Halakha (Judaism), or Canon Law (Catholicism) that refers as specifically as possible to Biblical-literalist Evangelical ...
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Is there a common word for floor and ceiling?

Walls divide rooms but what do you call what divides stories? Looking from below it would be the ceiling, looking from above it would be the floor. But when looking at it from the outside? Is there a ...
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What is the term for inserting that *may* lead to subsequent removal?

In terms of any sort of collection of things, where the collection is limited in the amount of members it may have. I suppose 'replacement' would be enough to describe insertion of one thing then ...
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Is there a word that represents both a rant and a musing?

Today, I unconsciously used the word 'pseudo making sense'. But what I had really been looking for, was a word that combines 'rant' and 'musing'. In this particular case, I was saying something that ...
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What is the single word for the select\deselect

What is the single word for the select\deselect. I can think one word "Manage" but not sure how relative it is to select and deselect really. Please don't ask for context as it confuses people then.
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Word/phrase that can be used to say that a particular word doesn't describe something

John says he's swimming, when he is treading water. By definition, swimming involves voluntary movement of the body. What word or phrase can we use to tell John that he can't be swimming because ...
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What single word means “uncritique-able”?

I'm looking for a single word be for unable to be critiqued - "uncritique-able" - as in - "some people would say that the bible is "uncritique-able." I want the word to convey that one should not ...
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Her complexion was 'beautiful'?

I'm looking for an adjective which describes a complexion. I understand that the term complexion is primarily used to describe the color of someone's skin. However, I'm looking for a word which says ...
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What is the sound of teeth hitting each other in cold weather called?

What is the sound of teeth called that occurs in chilly weather: the sound that comes due to teeth crashing in each other in an extremely chilly winter.
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What is the word that means to accuse someone of a crime, to divert attention from the guilt of the accuser

I know there is a word for this, eg when someone is stealing from their employer, they tell their employer that they have noticed xyz and they think so-and-so is doing it. Help me out? Edit ...
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a word for a person who never attains a desire or goal

Is there a word in English that describes a person who never attains a desire or goal? I have found loser or dud or flop but these all seem to be informal, is there a better, more formal word that ...
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Non-technical word or phrase to describe a data “query”

The scenario is that I am replying to an email from a colleague requesting statistics from a database. I am wanting to say that the results are of the same 'query' that was run the last time (and all ...
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Terminology for items made by recycling craft

Recycling craft is the art of making usable items from recyclable stuff. What would be a suitable term for the items produced by this craft?
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Is there a word for “a person who hardly understands things”?

I have one friend who has a hard time understanding things other people say. While everyone except him understands what someone tried to say, this guy still understands nothing. We always have to ...
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Word for a person with a negative attitude

What is the person called who always thinks negative? E.g. Mr. X always thinks negative. Mr. X has negative attitude. What we can use either? Is there any particular word for this?
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Word for the action of talking loudly with the people from your past in your imagination

Example: Someone talks loudly with the people from her past while "imagining" them to be present in the current situation when they actually aren't. This person does it consciously and gets ...
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What this person is called? [on hold]

A person who never forgets anyone's birthday and anniversaries and love to wish them at first what this person is called ?
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Word or expression for when a person not under pressure is able to see an issue easier than the person under pressure?

Is there a word or expression for how it is easier for someone not under pressure to make a decision versus someone that is under pressure. One example is how a person looking over someone's ...