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Whats the opposite of the dependent

I'm creating an application/website, that you can control "assets" with. (The fact this is an app/website is irrelevant, I'm just giving some detail) Inside these assets, you can define attributes, ...
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One word for scientist who can deal with pressure

As I am writing down my CV, there is a part where I am saying that I can deal with pressure and there are proofs about it. So, I would like to squeeze that information in one line. As a result a word ...
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What is a word for when you don't want to do something, but enjoy it when you do it?

I am trying to find a word to describe a situation where you don't want to do something, but enjoy it when you do it. For example, going to the gym, travelling a long distance to see a friend. I have ...
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Another word for congenial or cordial

Someone was wrong about something. I explained to the person very kindly and with "social tact" how they were wrong and why the right answer was, in fact, the right answer. Subsequently this person ...
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What is the blurring of pixels for fidelity called?

In most computer graphic design, when detailed images are drawn at the pixel-level the pixels are blurred with those next to them to make the border look more natural and less pixelated. I know in ...
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A word that means “in its designed environment”

I've considered the use of "in-situ," which may be the best match. In-situ seems to have a shade of meaning connoting an original location, where I am looking for something more along the lines of ...
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Word for “multiple effects apply.”

I'm designing a game where, when players perform spcial game actions, their die rolls can receive bonuses. For instance, if you roll a 4 and have a +1 bonus, your final result is 5. Now, some of ...
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What is gender neutral for fraternity/sorority?

Is there a gender neutral form for "fraternity/sorority"? How about "brotherhood/sisterhood"? Example: As in "If mathematicians were to form a fraternity of scholars, as in yet another alpha beta ...
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Is there an equivalent to “agnate” for the maternal line?

An "agnate" (Used both as a noun and adjective) is a person descended from the same male ancestor as another, through the male line. A "paternal kinsman" is also a way of defining "agnate." ...
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Adjective for exclusive/selective/picky with positive connotations

I'm working with a friend who's looking for a word/phrase to describe her clientele. She's good enough and well-respected enough that she commands top dollar in her field and usually only works with ...
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Meaning and etymology of the word “latty”

In Terry Pratchett's novel, "The Wyrd Sisters", the word "latty" is frequently used. From the context I can figure out that it means some kind of cart (used by traveling performers in the story), but ...
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Is there a word for “a person from another race”?

I am searching for a word that means ‘of another race’ to be used in context of a sentence such as "She was deeply protective to her [of other race] foster children." "They shunned the ...
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Is there an idiom/word to denote an occurrence as isolated as a rare astronomical event?

Just curious to know if there is a single word in English to refer to a rare (significant) astronomic event occurrence of which is very rare or probably periodical but takes too many years to repeat ...
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Is there a synonym for “schadenfreude” that sounds more colloquial?

Is there a more colloquial synonym for "schadenfreude"? I'm specifically looking for a noun that denotes a pleasure derived from other people's misfortunes or sufferings. Sadly, I couldn't find any ...
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A word for surpassing/outdoing one's teacher/master?

What do you call someone (say, a student) who surpasses, or outdoes, his/her master or teacher, in skill or achievements? I'm looking for a single word, preferably; if not, as succinct a phrase as ...
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Term/expression to describe a user's license (account) is allowed to be used?

I have a software that manages user accounts at a given service. The administrator creates the account, the user validates e-mail and other data and then the account is considered to be valid/good ...
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A slang word for person who is addicted to mass media promoted pop-culture [on hold]

I am looking for a slang term which describes people who are all about contemporary mass media promoted pop culture: pop song charts, YouTube likes, dislikes and comments, celebrities' instagrams, ...
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What do you call someone who solves puzzles?

What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic. I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword ...
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A word for words with same meaning, same pronunciation but different language & origin

How to call in English words which coincidentally happen to share the same pronunciation and the same meaning but belong to two distinct languages that are linguistically unrelated? I'm thinking of ...
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Word or phrase for departure/arrival (time + place)

Perhaps this is a silly question, but is there a common word/phrase/term which would describe a time + location tuple (time and place), for flights or maritime links? I.e. say I have a flight defined ...
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One word or short phrase for ease of visual surveillance if required

Situation - A person is using a room because it is easier to respond to the sound of a visitor at the gate or door (gate opening, bell ringing, someone calling). It is not necessary that you see the ...
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Is there a term for “can be missing”? [on hold]

This is for an item in a collection (like a bag), that may or may not be present. Basically, it's presence is not guaranteed, but it is valid to go search for it. Is there a term for this? Right now, ...
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What do you call people who like word puzzles?

What is the term for, or the name for, a person who enjoys solving word puzzles, crosswords, etc.?
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Men sweat, but women glisten. What's the equivalent for a woman for snoring?

Colloquially, we say that men sweat, but women glisten. Is there an equivalent word for describing when women snore?
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Correct term for having lost (not cut) one's hair

Is bald more correct than hairless when referring to someone who has lost their hair? Dictionary.com states that bald means having little or no hair on the scalp and that hairless means ...
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Single word for “Someone who's in on a secret”

Is there a noun that means "someone who's in on a secret"? There are words like accomplice and co-conspirator for people who take part in clandestine activities, but I failed to find one for people ...
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Referring back to something

I frequently read a column (or such) that begins the text by mentioning a particular item/person/anecdote or similar, and then continues to lay out the subject and in the end refers back to the ...
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Single word for something which receives a request to do something then does it [on hold]

Is there a specific word for something or someone which receives requests to perform different tasks at a specified time, then according to the specified time (given with the task) either immediately ...
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What is the word for knowing how to use something (phone, car, etc), but not understanding how it works?

I'm looking for a word which encapsulates the above concept. An example: when someone knows how to use their phone, but doesn't understand how to take it apart, put it together, etc.
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Word for the concept of a perfect fit [on hold]

Is there any word to define the concept of something that fits perfectly? Like the expression "Fits like a glove" but shorter.
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Is there a word to describe curiosity in a positive way?

I'm looking for a word that describes a curious, interested state of mind- open minded, exploring, wondering, but without being nosy.
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Word for judgemental attitude?

I'm tempted to use judgementality, which is for whatever reason not a word, and I don't feel like "judgement" conveys the same meaning. I was put off by his ________ towards my life choices. If ...
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Term for a legislative bill not intended to pass?

Is there a term for a bill that is introduced in a legislative body with no intent of it actually being passed, but more as a form of protest or a game of oneupmanship or legal chicken? For example, ...
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One Word : What do you call who chill / relax a lot? [closed]

I need one word for people who chill / party / relax / play games / travel and just chill most of the time. Some Word like 'Freizeit' , but it needs to be used as a noun for persons (eg, traveller, a ...
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What do you call a person affected by a situation but not involved?

What do you call those students that are affected by the situation but not involved in it? For example, a student bullies a teacher and lowers the teacher's teaching effectiveness by 15%, this ...
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Term for a storyline that splits in two

Is there a term for a storyline that splits into two points of view? For example, two characters who travel together split paths and plot unfolds in two different timelines. It can probably be applied ...
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How do you call someone who fits in but is still different from others? [on hold]

I am curious if there's a word for a person who apparently fits in easely but still remains different from other - he thinks differently then the mass, or has different interests than the mass and ...
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Noun for “lack of exercise”

Once upon a time, I saw a short, proper and single word for "lack of exercise", but I forgot it.
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What word means “not straight, white, and male”?

I'm looking for a single word that refers to the entire group of people who: identify as anything other than heterosexual OR racial identification is other than "white" OR sexual identification is ...
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What puts “wants people to go on with their lives and not think about them” in a word? [on hold]

I am writing a analysis and I feel the need for a word that means exactly that but I can't seem to find one. I would very much appreciate a word that means this. Thank you.
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Description of a Person [on hold]

What word describes someone who likes to take things in? They enjoy everything around them? Who like to take things slow?
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What's the most accurate term for phrases such as “storm in a teacup” and “making mountains out of molehills”?

Are phrases such as "storm in a teacup" and "making mountains out of molehills" best described by one of these terms: anecdote proverb saying expression metaphor If not, which term is the right ...
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Name for a groom, in relation to the best man

I'm the best man in a wedding, in a wedding with a groom. However this has lead to an odd conundrum. The groom can refer to me as his best man, however I am unsure of the term I can use for him. He ...
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What do you call someone who has a disease or mental condition?

I'm looking for a noun to suffix to a condition to refer to the person who has that condition. Existing words are like: Cancer patients are subject to chemotherapy which causes them to lose ...
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What should I call a place that sells “street food”?

Today I went sightseeing in my city. After I got home I wrote the diary in English, but I didn't know what to call a place that sells "street food". Should I call it restaurant, cafe or something ...
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What word means being forced to agree or accept?

How to say something like I am forced to agree or accept the situation in one word? I believe there is a precise word to express this.
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Singular of staff

Staff can be composed of directors, employees, contractors and other contingents. Can any give me a word that will describe all of these types of people? Colleague doesn't work as that's when talking ...
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A word that means “a solution in search of a problem”

People tend to let capability mislead priority. We refer to this as "a solution in search of a problem". If your job is to point these out to people, it would be nice to do so with a single word. ...
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Better terms for “Investigative Abilities” and “General Abilities”

I'm writing a roleplaying game based on the Gumshoe system (I swear this is a language question rather than one for rpg.stackexhange.com!). Characters in this games have a set of Investigative ...