A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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Avoiding stuffy language: “Therefore”, “Thus”

In my thesis, I'm using "thus" and "therefore" a lot. This is repetitive and it sounds stuffy. Is there any alternative which sounds a bit more relaxed but is acceptable in scientific writing? "So" ...
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Is there a way to use “cute” as a verb, or a synonymous word for that?

Earlier today, I found myself saying "... he cuted his way into one house, he'll be able to cute his way into another one ...", which was all kinds of wrong, because "cute" isn't a verb, and doesn't ...
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To “opt-out” or to “withdraw”?

Which is more formal in register, opt-out of something or withdraw from something? Are there any more formal ways to phrase the idea?
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Can someone explain when to use “relevance” and when “relevancy”?

Okay, so today I first came across the word relevancy in written. I grasped its meaning without problem, checking in a dictionary that my hunch was right. So it would appear that relevance and ...
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Synonym for plug-in? [on hold]

I'm making some software which allows users to enable extra features. These extra features are currently called 'plug-ins'. I'm not a fan of 'plug-in' because of its technical connotations. I also ...
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If I feel that an answer isn't relevant, how do I express that? [duplicate]

If I feel that an answer isn't relevant to the given question, how can I express it more clearly? I am not able to come up with an appropriate word to describe what I wish to describe, a few ...
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What's a better word for “hugbox”?

What's a better word for what the term 'hugbox' suggests; i.e. an environment in which one is surrounded by likeminded people and as such is likely to have their preconceptions reinforced rather than ...
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I need an alternative for “her whole life” [on hold]

In my story a young girl only understands the life of a dancer, but once her dream comes to an end she doesn't know what to do with herself. I need a better way of saying She danced all day ...
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Negative synonym for ambitious

The word ambitious can be used to describe both positive and the negative traits of someone's personality, depending on context. Is there some synonym that conveys purely the negative meaning of ...
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What's a formal way to say something is “happening”?

What is a formal way to say something has a lot of activity in it? I can only think of two informal ways to say it. For example: This field of physics is very "happening" right now. This field of ...
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Do people in Colorado typically say “attorney” or “lawyer?”

I'm interested to know if people in the Colorado area say attorney or lawyer more frequently.
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Pretentious vs Superficial [closed]

From what I Understand , both these words in a day to day vocabulary describing a Person Pretentious means Someone who is trying to get more importance by pretending something or Exaggerating ...
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Which word is better? [closed]

A. She's gone anosmic. B. She's gone noseblind. Why? I'd rather go for B.
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Politician says he will vote in favor of legislation that he hasn't read and will change once elected

Can anyone come up with a few good synonyms/idioms/expressions for a person or politician that will say whatever he/she believes will get him/her the most votes? For example: He/she will vote in ...
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Is there a word for “someone who can talk to anyone”?

Trying to think of a word for a resume that would cover "being able to converse with almost anyone from having a general knowledge of many subjects". It wouldn't be articulate but I can't find ...
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List of completely interchangeable words [closed]

I'm wondering if anyone knows where I can find a list of completely interchangeable words, or if such a thing even exists. Please don't link my to a thesaurus to find synonyms, these words have to ...
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A word that has the same meaning as its negation [duplicate]

Is there a pair of words in English, where one is a grammatical negation of the other, but they are synonyms? For the negation I'm thinking about a negative prefix or suffix, like de-, dis- or -less, ...
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'spite' and 'malice' [closed]

Is there a difference between 'spite' and 'malice'? Are they interchangeable? Is there an instance where one would be more suitable than the other?
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Positive term for “curious”

I'm looking for a synonym for "curious" that is undoubtedly positive. "Curious" itself is fairly neutral--it could be interpreted as a good thing, but it's sometimes seen as a bad thing (i.e., ...
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How does 'probably not' differ from 'maybe'? [closed]

'Do you want to go out tonight?' This has (supposedly) just two answers: 1 : 'Probably not' 2 : 'Maybe' Is there any difference, or are their meanings (absolutely) identical? (1) ...
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A synonym for “different” [closed]

I am not a native English speaker and currently writing on a scientific journal. In my paper, I want to explain a fundamental difference when comparing my idea with other methods. I need a synonym for ...
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Synonym for subscribe

I am developing a software in which I use the following terms: subscriber publisher subscription When a subscriber subscribes to a topic, something like this happens: subscription = ...
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What's a synonym for a passionate person?

What's a word for a passionate person? Like a "passionista", but that of course already has another meaning. Someone that generally has strong desires, goals, or convictions, and works hard to make ...
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What is the difference between “in March” and “by March” [duplicate]

What is the difference between "in March" and "by March". Is there any ?
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“Obsequy” as a more concise synonym of “sycophancy”

Yesterday I was composing some text and found myself in need of a concise, formal word denoting an act or practice of servile, insincere flattery. As I mentally searched for the right word, the ...
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Word for flaws associated with an overly rule-based cognitive style

I am looking for a word which describes the psychology behind multiple related behaviors. I feel that it's at the tip of my tongue, but I can't seem to get it. I want to describe this person as ...
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Elide versus omit [closed]

Do "elide" and "omit" mean exactly the same thing? Are they completely interchangeable? Or is there some nuance that would indicate that you should use one over the other depending on the ...
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What is the difference between 'dimension', 'dimensional' and 'dimensionality'?

Could someone show me the difference? I do not know how to distinguish the usage of dimension and dimensionality when saying something is high-dimensional.
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Synonyms for “freak show” or idioms for a “working awkwardness”

What are other expressions that describe some prepared, working awkwardness, that's is worth to show because it does work and/or is interesting, and even maybe solves some problems? Example of such ...
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Synonym of word “last” for some special case

There are two special words (abbreviations) showing the significance (weight) of a bit in a set (nibble): lsb - least significant bit, msb - most significant bit. Both "lsb" and "msb" are not general ...
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Electronic module or unit?

I make circuit boards with micro controllers that I mount inside plastic cases. I've always referred to them as electronic control modules. But what is really the best word for these? Electronic ...
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Any term for an indirect reference/name for something?

Euphemism and dysphemism would be hyponyms of such a term, with positive and negative connotations of meaning respectively. I don't think "synonym" quite describes what I'm getting at here, though, ...
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Should I say “American grounds” or “American territory”?

Which one sounds more natural to you? If this message still catches you on American territory, I wish you a safe flight! or If this message still catches you on American grounds, I wish ...
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Fiscal versus Financial [closed]

I've never quite got the hang of this one. Money is the object, but what's the difference between for example 'fiscal policy' and' financial policy', or are they indeed merely synonyms?
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what word means “to be exposed to new things”? [closed]

I need a word other than exposure to explain that the benefit of a college education has lead to "exposure" to different cultures.
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Synonym for 'recipient' (of an email/letter)

As communications habits shift in favor of digital media such as email, text messaging, chats or instagram, it's increasingly common to need to describe the parties involved in a message exchange. ...
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Specious versus facile

How do you differentiate between the uses for the words specious (apparently but not actually valid) and facile (apparently neat and comprehensive only by ignoring the true complexities of an issue). ...
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Better wording for “Mr” and “Ms” on a registration form

We a developing a Web application. My co-worker, who is a native German speaker, created the following registration form. I assume that he checked a dictionary for the translation of Anrede, found ...
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How and when did “bash” and “do” come to mean party?

I am on my way to a faculty party at the university. The Head of Sciences is retiring and is throwing a huge bash, all his staff, selected external examiners like me and various scientists from ...
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Uniqueness vs. Unicity

Uniqueness and unicity can be synonyms when they are used to describe something that is “unique”, meaning something that is distinct from all other things. Are these terms interchangeable, or do they ...
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Synonym for cul-de-sac? [closed]

Is there a synonym for cul-de-sac, perhaps one which does not sound French?
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Good synonym for “professional” that includes skilled amateurs

I sometimes want to stress a technique as something that would be described as professional. In my aviation scenario, I wanted to describe how keeping radio communication parsimonious and brief is ...
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Alternative for “particularly interested” [closed]

What are other formal ways of saying "I'm particularly interested in..."? In this case it's for use on cover letters for CVs. The synonyms for "interested" offered by the thesaurus don't seem ...
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Word meaning 'To be pulled'

I am looking for a word that means 'to be pulled' in that same sense of propelled or compelled means to be forced or urged forward. Ideally, it would use the same base pel. Searching Google and ...
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A word meaning either arrow or bolt

I'm looking for a word which could mean arrow or crossbow-bolt (but not other missiles like stones, darts or javelins or whatever). More specifically I'm trying to use it as a description for what ...
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Is the meaning of “to grant the freedom to” closer to “to permit”/“to allow” or closer to “to facilitate”? [closed]

What is meant by saying that you grant X the freedom to do Y? that X can do Y and you are free to present obstacles other than outright forbidding X to do Y that X can do Y and you must not ...
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Is there a word for “too much time (more than necessary)” [closed]

A good word that would replace the following sentence: I spend too much time on youtube.
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What is a suitable substitute for 'approach', as used in 'research approach'?

When currently writing a proposal, I find myself often using 'research approach' and 'approach to research', but I cannot come up with a suitable alternative to avoid tedious repetitions. I'm trying ...
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Safer alternative to “opaque”?

As a child I was taught that opaque means doesn't let any light through at all, as opposed to translucent (lets some light through, but diffused/frosted) or transparent (completely clear, lets you see ...
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Alternative, softer word for 'Employee'?

Afternoon all, A colleague and I have put together an internal feedback form in our workplace, and had to amend the previous form from the word 'Agent', referring to the individual receiving the ...