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What is the name for the regulated sector that is opposed to the unregulated sector of freelance work?

A freelancer is an independent contractor working in a largely unregulated sector of service-workers. The opposite includes companies, institutions, and professions, that are regulated by business-...
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Opposite of “nesting”

Generally, if some object is nested, it is in a hierarchy level below another object. For example: * Layer 1 - Layer2 "Layer 2 is nested in Layer 1". What do I call it, if I would "de-nest" Layer ...
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'Predator' is to 'Predatory' as 'Prey' is to…?

I'm trying to find a word like 'predatory' that refers to prey instead. Looking through some physical books gave some information about the root word 'praedor', for which I found this Wikitionary ...
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A word or phrase roughly meaning “you are the cause of the problem you try to cure”

I've heard it used in a religious contexts along the lines of They invent the problem which they claim to solve. I know it's also common in marketing, where if I try to sell you a pen, I ask you ...
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WordSearch: Name for ontology practitioner?

What is the proper name for a practitioner of ontology? Note that there are also philosophers of ontology, who are not practitioners (they don't use ontologies).
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What is the word of “he/she is not the project owner, but he/she is also notified?”

As the title, is there any correct word to address the meaning? I come up with "notifier" but seems not correct.
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Is there a term for an infographic appearing to give numeric information but not doing so?

In an infographic at http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-11/fact-check-negative-gearing-kelly-odwyer/7401096, there's a display of what proportion of various professions use negative gearing. At ...
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The Synonym for Customer Satisfaction [on hold]

Is there any word or phrase to convey the meaning of overall thought of consumers/customers about a product/company such as customer satisfaction?
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What is a word that means “something that is commonly known, but not commonly talked about”?

For example, nobody likes to use the restroom after they take a shower because you slide around on the seat, but that's not something commonly talked about between persons. Or the well understood, ...
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What is a single word to call someone who adores you?

I want a word to describe person Y who adores person X. As in this case, person Y admire person X one-sided. So what would be the word to call person Y? A more specific context is when this person Y, ...
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Words to describe a person who is arrogant [closed]

I am looking for words to describe someone who is arrogant/pompous/ungrateful/incorrigible.
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Word for a person who is arrogant, overconfident and insults others [duplicate]

I am searching for a word for a person who is always arrogant and overconfident. He always thinks whatever he said is true, whatever he knows is true and best and insults others. The main problem is ...
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What do you call someone who is able to learn the new technologies?

As I renovate my CV, I would like to find a word (or two) to replace this phrase: Able to learn state of art technologies So for example one would say: George is able to learn state-of-the-art ...
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A word for someone who gets scared easily

I have looked online and most websites reference words such as cowardly and spooked. Those however don't seem to reflect what I am looking for. I am looking for a simple word to call someone who ...
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Is there name of the person in the comprehension position and production position?

The four aspects of communicating are: reading, listening, writing and speaking. Reading and listening are comprehension, writing and speaking are production. So, what is the word for a person in the ...
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Word or phrase to describe increasing periods between attempting the same operation

I'm looking for a term (single word or phrase) that describes the trick in software development to (typically exponentially) increase time between successive attempts to do an action on a server, for ...
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What is the English word to describe the habit of unthinkingly using many meaningless words such as “ah,” “well,” “I mean” in speaking?

I was annoyed to hear a famous economist used the word, “yousuruni (in essence)” incessantly in discussion about Japan’s economic policy - “Abenomix” in recent TV show. The economist shouldn’t have ...
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What word or phrase is like a more negative version of “astonished”?

Is there a better word for the following example than astonished? I was astonished at the lack of respect Joe showed to his parents. I’m trying to use the word astonished in a sentence, but I ...
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What's a the word for people who make fun of themselves?

I don't mean people with low self esteem. But there are people who feel happy at being able to make other people laugh at their own expense. I remember someone telling me there is a word for them, I ...
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Another word or term for a safe situation that has risk [on hold]

What is a word for a situation that is safe but involves risk? For example climbing a wall with a safety rope, you still have to overcome fear...
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What is the word for a person who is better than me but jealous of my mere achievements?

There's this girl who is wayyyy better than me but keep on commenting on the little things I get more than her and tries to pull me down using those chances which is so irritating...
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What is a good word that means “something we've done ourselves”? [on hold]

Is there any word that describes this? For example, if I used something that I made myself and did not buy? I was thinking about self-made and homemade, but it doesn't fit the context. We broke apart ...
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Someone that can work on all OSs

In my CV, I have a line that says: OSs: Windows, Mac OS X and Linux Is there a word (that a human could understand) that laconically says that I am able to work on all OSs? Example: George ...
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Term for a humorously hypocritical last sentence at the end of a lecture

At the end of a long lecture on proper behaviour by Pokémon Go players, there's a request to let the Shrine Priest know about any rare Pokémon, indicating that they're playing the game as well. Is ...
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What do you call torture which leaves no visible marks? [on hold]

Basically, physical torture that is painful, but, leaves no visible marks to provide any proof.
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What is the best word to describe someone who always anticipates things?

What is the best word to describe a person who always anticipates or thinks of future or possible things (occurrences) according to previous events; i.e., who extrapolates to the consequences of ...
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Replacement word/words for “safety” [on hold]

I'm looking to find a more accurate word/term for "safety" in the context of sharing ideas, without fear of rebuttal in environments that acknowledge its ok if you have a question Which at times will ...
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What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone [on hold]

What's a word for not judging a person or not having preconceived notions about someone. I looking for a better word than unpresumptuous.
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How to communicate the idea of a “brown-noser” without the vulgar connotations?

What term would communicate something similar to "brown noser", without the vulgar connotation? (Here's one citation of the term being used by WWII soldiers, but I'm guessing it was used before that. ...
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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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Is there a word/phrase for when something makes you uncomfortably self-aware?

Is there a word or phrase for when something makes you think about an aspect of yourself that you would rather not think about or something you're guilty of and makes you feel very uncomfortable/...
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A adjective similar to ominous

In education, teachers may use the term "the district" when referring to the school district. It often has a negative connotation. An example may be: "I heard 'the district' is going to cut all of ...
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Word similar to relief, on the tip of my tongue

I'm trying to think of a word that would be used to describe the only relief out of a bad scenario, kind of like the silver lining, of the only redeeming quality of a ln unfortunate event. Example: ...
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Completion up until a certain point

I'm looking for a word that describes the following: "Completion up until a specific point (in percentage) because of dependency". I'm creating an Excel road map, and I want a heading for the ...
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Word for Crowdsourcing in the reverse direction (or antonym for Crowdsourcing)

Generally, Crowdsourcing means leveraging others' abilities and facilities to perform tasks. Simply someone assign its work to a group. So, what's the word for the reverse operation: a group of ...
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Word for “someone who gets helped”?

If 'helper' means 'someone who helps', then what is 'someone who got helped'? Whom does the helper help? Is there any term to define it?
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Is there a term for someone who uses words like “thee” & “thine” in their daily language?

I'm curious if there is a word for someone who uses "thee" or "thine" or other words like these in their daily language?
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A word for “useful components”?

A word for “useful components”? Is there a single English noun that means something like “useful small pieces of material or machine elements that the craftsman prefers to have always at hand”? E.g. ...
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Words that are both Anagrams and Synonyms

So my father and I were talking, and I commented that it is supremely satisfying that the words it's and 'tis are synonyms that have the exact same distribution of characters (they are anagrams). He ...
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Word for a person who hates India

Anglophobe is the word for a person who hates England. Oxford Dictionaries defines it as noun A person having a strong dislike of England or Britain. Is there a similar word for a person who ...
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( Did with verb ) or ( had with verb+ed )

I'm confused with rules . My question : what is the different between this examples : Did you finish your homework before you went to the cinema ? Had you finished your homework before you went to ...
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What do you call writing in memory of someone who has passed away?

I was recently invited to contribute a piece of writing to commemorate a friend who has passed away. My writing, along with others, were compiled into a book that was passed out at the funeral; these ...
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Is there a word for a person who doesn't think the rules apply to him?

I'm trying to write a letter to the editor of my local paper about their report of a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him. Is there a word for this? He's a bit of an egoist, demanding to ...
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Is there a word for a person who gives out too many extraneous details?

I'm looking for a single-word term that describes a personality that wants to give out too many unnecessary details in a conversation. [EDIT] Let me give you guys an example. Suppose you ask your ...
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A stronger word than “snob”

I recently stayed at a charming boarding house and had the pleasure of meeting one of the most curious people I have ever come across in my life. He was polite, and yet standoffish. He reminded me of ...
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What is the term for a person who doesn't waste time?

What is an English word/expression/idiom for a "person who doesn't waste time"? Especially a person who doesn't look for excuses when she/he should be doing something productive e.g. working, ...
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Someone who buys a lot of books but does not usually read them

What do English speakers call a person who loves to buy and collect a lot of books, but does not often read them? When purchasing the books, the person might hope to learn new things from the book ...
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What is a word for a person who throws a “fake smile”?

Most people, especially receptionists and air hostesses have the ability to smile in a fake way. Being professional, their smile isn't real. Inside they cry and die a thousand dead of tensions but ...
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What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn anything new?

What would you call a person who doesn't want to learn new things and even maybe thinks that this is unnecessary since he knows enough already? An ignorant person?
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Single-word synonym for a “pedantic rule-follower”?

What do you call a person who always follows the rules, at the expense of everything else? I’m thinking there’s one word that can describe this, but I can’t place it.