A vocabulary is the body of words used in a particular language.

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Repudiability, Deniability or what?

What is the correct way to say that a certain assertion, claim or declaration cannot be denied? In Computer Science, sometime people say "non-deniable/deniability" and somewere I even ...
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An adjective for a film or book with very long dialogues

Is there a word to describe a film (or book) that features very long dialogues and most of its scenes or passages revolve around dialogues? I came up with the word "dialogue-y" but that obviously ...
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what is the meaning of the word “MUST”

This question is in relation with my other question in this site (please have time to look at it) The Resistance Operatives must select the Mission Success card; Spies may select either the ...
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What is it called when someone attacks a person and the offender gets an even worse reputation?

What is it called when you defame someone and you happen to lose respect for doing that. For example, "George is verbally attacking John, by doing that George is losing people's respect" Thus: ...
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what is the difference between charlatan and chicanery? [closed]

I am skeptical abut the difference between the above two words. When I googled it shows charlatan is "a person falsely claiming to have a special knowledge or skill." and chicanary is "trickery, ...
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What is the difference between employee and personnel?

I have been searching on how to use the following nouns personnel and employee in their proper meanings. I always find that personnel refers to people employed in an organization , and employees are ...
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How to distingiush adaptable from adaptive? [closed]

I really wonder what is the subtle difference between these two terms, and if they could be used interchangably somewhere? Adaptable Adaptive
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Looking for a word similar to “issue” - “issiation”? [closed]

I have recently heard a word that sounded similar to "issue" but I could not find it when I searched in the internet - probably because I didn't spell it correctly. It sounded like "issiation", the ...
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Questions about vocabulary related to publishing and writing - proper words

Updating my resume and converting it to English, I encountered the following issues: I have written a few technical books. In the resume summary, what should I refer to myself as? Writer, author..? ...
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Is there any difference between “Anyone” and “Any one”?

Always when I read books in English I see sometimes there is a space between "Any and One" and sometimes there is not any space . So, I will be thankful if you please tell me the difference.
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How can one decide whether to use the compound form of a word when the one- or two-word versions are acceptable? [duplicate]

This question is an attempt to find an abstract answer to every "one word or two?" discussion. My problem is exemplified by this scenario: My text editor's spellchecker recently corrected me on my ...
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What does “like a [expletive] wazoo” mean? [closed]

I was video-documenting on my cellphone like a goddamn wazoo. What does wazoo mean in that sentence? I googled it, and the results seemed to indicate wazoo means ass. Is that what it means in the ...
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how to read numbers of 6 digit in formal english

How to say these two numbers: 112177 eleven hundrends thousands and twenty one hundren and seventy seven one hundred and twelve thousands and one hundred seventy seven the same for this number ...
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Term for when a negative word is used positively?

Many years ago I heard a linguistics professor use a term to describe when negative words evolve to express positive opinions. For example, African Americans began in the 1970s to say "bad" when ...
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What are someone's 'last words' called?

What are someone's last words, spoken on their deathbed, called? What about those that are perhaps left written or scribed on paper?
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'Move to a new place' - different way of saying it

I want to find a way of saying something like... [...] I am willing to fund my move to [insert country's name here] myself to make up for [...] ... in a natural way. I am pretty positive a ...
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appropriate phrase for expressing close distances toward a person

Imagine this scenario: You are having a conversation with someone about a tropical fruit which you have seen the picture of it(on the internet or something) and you do know the name of it, but you ...
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Proper term for “surity..??” [closed]

What's the proper word for "surity or sure-ness". E.g. "It's a surity that it will happen". I know "assurance" can be used. But is there an even closer term for this..?
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Informal usage of the word “deliver”

I am accompanying some of my friend to somewhere and I want to talk about it with someone else. For example, "I delivered him/her to the airport." But I'm not sure whether that's common in ...
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What word means something close to “related by happenstance”

A program runs on a specific computer. The program and the computer are individually important. However, it is not important that the program run on this particular computer. We have several ...
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The meaning of the word “decanter”?

I have looked up the word decanter in several dictionaries to find a meaning that matches its use in the sentence below, but I failed. In a problem-based learning setting, teachers need to ...
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Meaning of unknown word “Steeldust” [closed]

There is a strange usage of a strange word steeldust. It is used in the following extract from a Warhammer novel: ...shown in white marble numerals on their battleplates and the steeldust rims ...
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“Hover a link” vs “hover over a link” [closed]

Which is correct: "hover a link" or "hover over a link"? (context: hovering a mouse over a computer hyperlink) I'd especially appreciate a reference (like a dictionary citation) so that I learn how ...
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Is there a word for a vocabulary associated with a particular work of fiction?

In his Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien coins the word "glitter" to be a collective noun for elves. In his books about Wonderland, Louis Carol invents an absolute mountain of words, words like ...
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What are two people from the same town called? [duplicate]

We usually use the word 'countryman' or 'countrywoman' for the people who live in the same country. What word do we use for the people living in the same city or town?
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Adjective for family-friendly jokes?

Kind of sincere, earnest, like you might find in a kids' movie; homely, a little banal, or... it's on the tip of my tongue!
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Specific terms for the tray and the bus-like cart used by vendors in theaters, stadiums, trains, etc

Is there a specific word in English for the bus-like (sense 2; sense 3 on AHD) cart and the tray used by vendors to carry their products through the aisles of trains, theaters, stadiums, etc.?
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Need some help in writing an essay about education as the main goal in life [closed]

Good afternoon everyone! Can you kindly help me with these sentences (I really don't know if natives do write this way about the priority in life (which for me is education). For some people money is ...
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Why are objects no longer injured?

Reading old books I have found sentences like this:- The reply of the Austrian batteries did no damage, and two submarines that came out were accounted for at the cost of injury to one of the ...
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Is there a name for a neologism that is close to an already existing word?

I was listening to "How Soon Is Now" by The Smiths, and he ostensibly says the word criminarily. "I am the son, and the heir, of a shyness that is criminarily vulgar..." It's usually transcribed ...
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What's the word for a gifted service (or intangible good)?

Yesterday, my employer took me and 50 other team members to see the new Star Wars movie! During office hours! All paid for by the company! They just sent us a letter saying: "thanks for coming". I ...
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What is the difference between “cadaver” and “corpse”? [duplicate]

What is the exact difference between cadaver and corpse?
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Enquiry about Dimensions [closed]

I wanna describe dimensions; would you please let me know which of these below sentences are correct? It is 3cm in length and 1cm in width. It has 3cm of length and 1cm of width. It is 3cm long and ...
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Looking for unusual words that I can use in ordinary conversation [closed]

How can I improve my vocabulary and impress my friends by learning some very, very unusual words, but words that I can sprinkle into ordinary conversation?
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Word for playing the music purely and unpurely

I am looking for adjectives/adverbs that express the quality and the extent to which the melody of a musical performance adheres to the prescribed composition. For example, A4 has a frequency of ...
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Word/Idiom/Phrase to describe a stage in a project's life-cycle when you are stuck and thus no progress is happening?

Sometimes while working on a project, we get stuck. We run into a problem which we are not able to solve despite of trying for some time (a few days or weeks). Sometimes we don't even know what is ...
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Finding a word. Seeking vocabulary that means “afraid to read a block of words”

You know there are some individuals do not like reading, and when they see a chunk of words, they tend to avoid reading it. Is there a word for such behavior? Thank you
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'Independence between the hands' - express this better

I teach people how to play the piano. I have also published a couple of books that help absolute beginners to get started. One of the major challenges that piano players encounter is playing ...
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Adjective for not knowing any better

I can't think of a word that would describe the feeling of not knowing any better. The description is for a child, and the sentence would go like: He was young and an adjective with this meaning ...
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What do you call a type of person you don't want to become? [closed]

Say this person had every single personality trait that you despised. Somebody that you don't want to be like or be associated with. What would this type of person be called?
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a positive word for “to play with something” in a passionate but unprofessional way

"She loves to ... with her computer all day." I found to tinker with and to fiddle with" but they seem to have a rather negative meaning. I want to express that the person occupies herself with ...
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Word for someone who is never late [closed]

Is there a single word in English that can be used to describe a person who never misses tasks like appointments, deadlines etc.?
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The opposite of “gift”

Is there a noun for the opposite of "gift"? I want to use in a context like, "A kind word can be a gift but a kind word said in malice is not a gift. It is a ____." Something that means like a ...
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What does it mean by “many times a second”?

The phrase is from a definition of the word sample in a dictionary (The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English): (Electronics) ascertain the momentary value of (an analog signal) many times a ...
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I want to ask about vocabularies related to 'street children'

a child who leaves home and becomes a street children should be called specifically as a 'wandering' or 'roaming' child?
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Word for not knowing if something is good or bad?

So I'm trying to find a word for if you are unsure whether something could be good or could be bad. The context I'm using it in is that a character noticed something about themselves that they are ...
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What is a word for something(like a tradition) which acts as a symbol that points to a particular underlying mindset?

This dress code is a mere _______ of underlying chauvinism, mindset of controlling and subjugating women, and misogyny. It is not the dress-code but this mindset which is holding them back. I want to ...
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When did 'virgin' start referring to non-alcoholic drinks

Since there have been so many virginity questions here lately, I have another one. As a former bartender-type, I often hear the term virgin, when relating to non-alcoholic drinks. Unfortunately, ...
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Single-word term for “Number of employees”

Is there a single-word term for "Number of employees" as in "our company's number of employees"?
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A word for “colors of a team or an organization”

I know this may be a dumb question, but I am trying to think of a word that doesn't come to me and I need it for a presentation. The best way I can describe the word is: A color palette or ...