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Fearing rejection from others and hence hesitant about it

is there a term for the situation when we falter about making a suggestion or flinch from giving an answer or hesitating to take an action fearing ridicule of others or their rejection? there is a ...
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Is there a valid or recognized verb for rote learning?

In the sentence "rote learning is a decent way to memorize a writing" , can "rote learning" be replaced by a verb and the sentence be changed to ".......ing is a good way to memorize a writing"? I ...
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What do you call a person that only do the minimum to get through day-to-day basis?

I'm trying to find a word or a short phrase that target such person. Like someone who has no passion, no drive and only does whatever needed to survive.
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Words similar to “undervalue(verb)” or “underestimate”

I'm looking for a word that means something like "to think of as less important" such as in the following sentence: Theory is more important than practice; of course, this is not to completely ...
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Would i have embarrassed a man older than me? [on hold]

A friend, older than me was passing by my house. I called him and said; I have seen you, good morning. Might I have embarrassed him?
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A word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular

I'm looking for a word for somebody who supports things fleetingly and whilst they are popular, for example a sports team on a winning streak, or something which is currently in fashion.
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Difference between a “self-serving individual” and “self-centered individual”

Is being "self-serving" the same as being "self-centered"? While looking for an answer to this question, I saw this previous question on the difference between "selfish" and "self-centered". I ...
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august usage in a sentence [on hold]

I would like to use the word "august" meaning noble, impressive, etc., with the word 'touch' in this sentence: " I will be in august touch with you in the coming days." What do you think? Find it ...
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Word for the ability to solve issues with the most fitting solution

Professionaly someone, when facing a challenge, an issue, a job that needs to be done, has different ways to face it. What word could define the ability to pick the best approach for a given problem? ...
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Is “object of discussion” an established term, or is there another word for that?

In a review of, let's say, predatory habits of some animals, the subject of the discussion is the predatory habits. Is it correct to say that the animals, then, are the objects of discussion or ...
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Interview follow up mail [on hold]

I would like to know the result of an interview that I had recently. But I'm very much concerned about the words or any mistakes in the mail. I want to send a not very formal mail. Please correct my ...
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labour v.s. labourer

What's the difference between them when I mean "worker"? In other word, which one below is right? Companies can barely find young labours in an ageing society. Companies can barely find young ...
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Is there a word to describe someone who is always defeated at my hand?

If A always defeats B, A is B's nemesis. If B always loses to his rival A, B is A's ____?
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What is the word for “the way a word sounds to your ear”?

I do not mean "Phonaesthetics" or euphony or cacophony which carry a value judgement. Words have an audio 'pattern', mostly unique and different from other words. This is the unique audio ...
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Using “decadent” to describe a building or town in neglect or ruin

I have often seen decadent used to refer to a non-physical state, like a person who is spiritually or morally decadent. Could decadent be applied to something physical like a building or a town to ...
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“At schedule” vs. “by schedule” vs. “on schedule”

Let's assume that I wash my car every Saturday at noon. How do I say it using the word schedule: I wash my car at/by/on schedule. Update: It's not about doing something on a regular basis. It's ...
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Absorb the excess length?

I have a difficult time finding the right word for the following situation: On the drawing, there are some dimensions instructed, and extra length is set for one range for workability. That extra ...
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Is there a word to describe the state of being the only one of something?

I need a word to describe the state of being the only one of something. For context, it's for the UI of a scientific device that detects and analyzes cells. In this particular case, we are talking ...
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Meaning of 'rager' [on hold]

Is rager used to describe great and interesting parties? For instance, I'm gonna go to Mike's party tonight. Yeah, I heard it's gonna be a rager.
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What is the best word or phrase to use, that describes comments provided by a guide?

What is the word that can be used to describe commentary given by a guide during a tour? For example riding on guided tour of a city where guide tells you about different objects of interests. ...
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I have a question regarding the proper usage of the word “nor” [duplicate]

Is "...not legal advice, nor is it intended to be" the proper usage of "nor" in the prior partial statement?
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People not admitting when things are going bad

Is there a word for someone who does not want to admit that things are going bad? E.g. when a person does not want to admit that a specific project at work isn't going as planned -- not because ...
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Ataraxis or/and ataraxia, a quandary. A question over their existence and usage?

The Oxford dictionary has ataraxia (ataraxy) as a valid word but not ataraxis. however, I've seen and heard the ataraxis being used once in while. But it happens that the guys at Oxford do not ...
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Noun form of 'owe'?

If I've paid somebody $100, the $100 is my payment. If I owed someone $100, would the $100 be an owement? Is there a better word? I could call it debt or loan, but it doesn't quite suit the following ...
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Medicine vs. Medication

I'm wrote some documentation in which I needed to refer to the list of drugs that a person was taking at a given time. This list might also include a dosage as well (e.g. 'Aspirin 300mg daily'). I ...
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Did I get wrong what she said with ' If you could be my everything.. '? [on hold]

After I asked my girlfriend that why she doubts to start again to this relationship, she answered: "Because if you could be my everything, i would not let him come close to me, in the first place". ...
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Use “too” instead of “so” and “very”

In what situation would you use "too" instead of so or very. Can someone help me? I have a problem with using too in sentence. Please give me an example. Thanks
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Descriptive word to describe nonprofit organization

Looking for a descriptive word or phrase to describe a nonprofit organization that includes the essence, values, mission and promotion of social reform. Not a place, or agency, business, but a word ...
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Can't come up with the correct sentence

I have some trouble coming up with the right sentence for a form input where I'm asking a user's first and last name. What I'm actually trying to say is that the name the user is filling in will be ...
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Whether my thinking sir conveys more respect is really correct or not? [duplicate]

To my question "How do I refer to Bill Gates with respect but simultaneously not creating any confusion about who I'm referring to", I got the answer "Mr.Gates" OK.This doesn't even create confusion. ...
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Digital goods' seller-word suggestions

We are creating an online marketplace, so we need some word suggestions. Someone who sells the goods online. Someone who buys the goods online. Given that we already know seller, vendor, customer ...
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using the word “croesus”

I came across the word croesus a long back but pondered over its usage recently. It has the two following definitions: 1. the last king of Lydia 2. a wealthy person Is it correct, formally, to say ...
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How to use “near” and “nearby”? [on hold]

Can you guys show me when I should use "near" or "nearby"? I absolutely get confused to use those... :<
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Starting a sentence with “And so” in a mathematical proof

Inspired by this question, I thought of something more. As Tim says, and I ageree, one more often sees repeated use of "Hence", "Therefore" etc. in a mathematical proof, and not very often do people ...
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Common ground between Deck and Graveyard in trading card games

I am developing a Trading Card Game and I am in need to extract functionality from two of my classes as they are both doing almost the same. it is about the Deck and Graveyard constructs which are ...
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What is a good term to describe different ways to view the same data?

Software gives us different ways to view the exact same data with each "view" targeted at a specific task. For example, in Stack Exchange, questions can be viewed in The review queue where you only ...
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What is the term for a Monarchy with only a King or a Queen, but not both? [closed]

A typical Monarchy can have a king, queen, or both. What is the term for, like the current British Monarchy, having only one of a king or a queen in power? Surely there is a term that distinguishes ...
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Word for feeling in the mood to experiment

I am looking for a word for being in a mood to experiment or try something you would not normally do for a situation. A person might say: "I am feeling .... today, and will go another way". I knew ...
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Phrase to describe a chair being pulled

I'm lost for words to complete this sentence: The sound of the chair _ against the floor can be heard clearly as the room silence with my sudden action.
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“X in Japan is different from [that/those] in other countries”

I was wondering if the following sentence is clear: The book industry in Japan is very different from [that/those] in many other western countries. My questions are: Is it correct to use that ...
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'betrayal' of expectations

I read a line in my textbook that goes: Negative effects may arise due to a 'betrayal' of expectations when people involved fail to understand the situational context. Can the word 'betrayal' ...
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Difference between 'in order to', 'so as to,' 'to'

I'm a Korean and I learned in school that 'to' is equal to 'in order to' and 'so as to,' if they are used in expressing intent. Are the sentences "I study in order to achieve my goal" and "I study ...
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Do I take a small nap or a light nap?

I heard a friends say that he's going to take a 'small' nap. Is this correct usage? I thought we only take 'light' naps
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Good word for something physical that's inexplicable

I'm looking for a word to describe something physical, something that you can tangibly and empirically feel, but cannot see, nor sense in any other way than touch, nor explain its imperceptibility. ...
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A word for old-fashioned, dirty bar/place (spit-and-sawdust)

Is there a (common) single word for an old-fashioned, non-modern, simple, dirty, untidy bar/place ? A noun would be preferable. Details: There is an informal British term: spit-and-sawdust ...
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Other ways to define a turning point

After a difficult childhood, the encounter with Rev. Charles, was a turning point in his life. What other expressions can be used to to define the concept of turning point?
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What is the proper term for describing all 50 states in the USA, without including territories etc

The 48 mainland state are referred to as the "contiguous united states", I can't seem to find the word for "All 50 states, including Hawaii and Alaska, not including Guam and Puerto Rico". I can't ...
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A Replacement for “Free tour guide”

In France, there are people who welcome tourists into cities in a free manner, where said tourists do not need to pay for a guided visit around town, who are introduced to the local scene without ...
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“Less for more” or “More for less”?

I don't know if this belongs more to User Experience. Pardon me if it does. Which is more suitable for kind of a slogan: Less for more - The word less refers to the prices and money, more refers ...
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people that will laugh at anything

Is there a word or phrase for either the people who will laugh at anything or something that describes this and can be extended to be used with people?