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A word that defines something that is valuable for its lack of function and productive value?

I'm looking for a word that means "something valuable (intrinsically) because of its dysfunctional nature that makes it unnapealing for profit or production."
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Can vulgar be used to describe someone's life meaningless and lacking in ambition? [closed]

Recently I wanted to write an essay about the women in Jane Austin's time. I wrote the women at that time were concerned much about how to be engaged to a decent husband. Not like women nowadays, they ...
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Difference between accepter and acceptor

What is the difference between these two words: accepter acceptor On Merriam-Webster, each word's definitions are linked to one another, Definition of accepter one that accepts ...
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What's the right way to ask if something belongs to someone or something [closed]

There are two devices, and I have an extra nail or spare part. I want to ask which device the nail belongs to, in a simple way. Should I say: Who's this nail belongs to? Who's this nail? ...
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Would it be correct to say, “I'm walking by my own”?

I'm writing a song and the line "I'm walking by my own" fits better than "I'm walking all alone". Would it be correct to write it like that or that doesn't exist? Thanks to everybody.
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Word to indicate the naming process of something due to an oft repeated name not originally pertaining to it

A word that describes the naming process of something, because it was so much repeated, like a nick name. Presently, The Company,(city) _______(Named thus by a general saying of a name) was a show ...
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Reflexive Pronoun usage

I'm a little confused. At work I often hear 'You can get in touch with ourselves' instead of 'Get in touch with us' and it triggers my inner toff. Am I right in thinking that 'get in touch with ...
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A word that means cast aside and taken back repeatedly

I need a word that defines that which is commonly tossed aside to be grabbed back again, like a notebook. I'm trying to use a word that defines this implicit nature in an object: something that is not ...
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Verb question: 'check' vs. 'check out' in an invitation [closed]

I have to make an invitation to some people. Is it correct to say "come check out our products" or "come check our products"?
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“Average processing time of/for/in …” - which variant is corrent?

Which one is correct? Average processing time of the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time for the largest input data set was X seconds. Average processing time in the ...
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“different” at the beginning of a sentence [closed]

Is it correct to start a sentence with the word "different"? for example: Different table structures are listed below. or should it be: Various table structures are listed below. Does it ...
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Single word for “very centered around one opinion”

What is a word for someone who is very centered around one opinion, and is reluctant to others? I keep going back to absent-minded or reluctant to change, but I know there is a word that is more ...
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single word or phrase for particular feeling of release

Is there a word that describes when you have a great idea, revolutionary even, and then you find out it has already been done? Or maybe, that feeling - not futility, not Sisyphean - but that wry ...
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A word for not ones own [duplicate]

Is there a word to describe something that is not our own? For instance: The thoughts I was having were not my own, they were _______. A possibility I thought of is alien.
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advisable vs advised

I recently found myself reading a phase with one of the terms. It sounded wrong. Which one is correct/better? 1) Regardless, it is advisable to follow X guidelines 2) Regardless, it is advised to ...
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“natural and artificially flavored” or “naturally and artificially flavored”?

I saw a food label that read: "natural and artificially flavored" A friend suggested this was the correct wording: "naturally and artificially flavored" Which is correct and why?
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Is there an English term for being enraged by injustice, or having an extreme emotional stress because of injustice?

Imagine two people had some agreement, maybe involving money, and then one of them feels that the other person wronged him. The person feels an extreme anxiety because of this, and blinded by anger ...
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Should we use the word “Actually” before a sentence? [closed]

Someone asked to me about some particular information. I replied to the email like this:- Hi, "Actually I was assigned the following task by my Manager"........ Is it grammatically correct to start ...
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Trying to remember a synonym for a “fixed smile”

I remember reading this word in the writings of Anthony Burgess. I think it began with an 'r' and could also be used in a medical context when describing facial paralysis. Can anyone help me out?
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another word for forward thinking?

I am describing driver less cars have already been tried by forward thinking countries. Any other word I could replace/add to it? Not sure if forward-thinking is the best choice.
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Does a robot process “sensory data” or “sensor data”?

What is the best name for the data a robot acquires from its environment? Examples include camera images, laser range measurements, acceleration measurements, sound, the force it is exerting on a ...
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Does the term “walkable roof” exist in English?

I'm writing a paper about flat roofs. I wanted to use the term "walkable roof" to describe a roof that can be used on a daily basis (e.g. a roof terrace), but I'm not sure if this term exists in ...
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Ensuing or Resulting

What option fits best in the following question please? An obstacle had been placed in the middle of the road and the ___________ accident was blamed on it. a. following b. ensuing c. resulting ...
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onomatopoeia for the sound of spoons hitting on the plate when eating? [closed]

Is there any word to describe this? I have tried inging but not sure if that is the best word.
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Is “what” or “which” more correct for an unknown (but ultimately finite) quantity?

Given a situation such as wanting to know the song someone is listening to, or the city someone lives in, is it more proper to use which (indicating the quantity is finite) or what (indicating its ...
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Talent or knack

I'd like to ask the connotations they have when we say : She has a talent for singing/ playing football/ acting/ painting etc. She has a knack for singing/ playing football/ acting/ ...
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To refrain or to restrain for internal emotions

I'd like to ask if there would any differences between if I changed the word restrain with the word refrain or vice versa in the following sentences? The definition is for restrain in Oxford ...
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Fancy word for weekly (contributor)

I am looking for a single noun similar in meaning to weekly contributor, but possibly of Latin or French root. (I am thinking that there has to be some version of French semaine used in English.) The ...
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What is the word when you destroy small part of a building or something big

I think destroy and demolish don't the fit actual idea I'm trying to describe. Let me give an example; let's say we have many columns in a building and we only want to 'destroy' a single column. Is ...
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What is the difference between “bind” and “link”? [closed]

Bind and link are both verb and noun but the difference in meaning between these words are quite hard for me to catch. I'd say the "the moral bind of the law" to express that both of them are tied ...
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“Invite someone [over] to dinner” vs. “… for dinner”

What's the difference between "invite someone [over] to dinner" and "invite someone [over] for dinner"? Please, consider as an example: Thank you for inviting me [over] to dinner. Thank you ...
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Adjective to describe the quality of liking to teach and/or having a talent for teaching?

I'm looking for a concise way to express the quality of enjoying or preferring to impart knowledge to other individuals. In a way, the counterpart to a person who is teachable or takes instruction ...
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States of a voucher?

if I have a voucher, what are the two "states" of the voucher. Like is it "free" or "unused" when I haven't used it yet and "used" or "redeemed" when I used it? Example sentence: "Susi doesn't ...
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Double meaning of “Short” for object dimensions

Let's suppose you go to Ikea to buy a wardrobe, but you have to make sure it fits in your room. You find two that are really nice and since you like them so much you decide to buy both of them. So ...
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What is the figure of speech for a word with a hidden meaning

I took a phrase "Change is inevitable" and got it engraved on a money or coin box..as a gift to a friend who is relocating.I was impressed at myself coming up with it..Change as in difference and ...
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“They tricked me for/by/of $10” [closed]

A vendor sold me some article of merchandise for $30, but the real cost of the article was only $20. Can I say: They tricked me for/by/of $10 I also wonder if the verb trick is appropriate in ...
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Word for stealing an item then returning it without the owner's knowledge?

Does there exists a specific word to describe the action of stealing an item, keeping it for few days then returning it from where it was taken? An example: A friend of mine "lost" his personal diary ...
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Clone, replica, etc. - what are the differences? [closed]

Is clone and replica exactly the same? Do they both convey an exact likeness in all properties? Or is one or the other indicative of an exact likeness while the other indicative of a rough likeness. ...
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Is answering back with “Of Course” offensive and insulting? [closed]

One of my business clients asked me , that, if I had a particular skill. example Microsoft word..........I instantly answered back "Of Course" in a strong voice. Is it offensive and insulting to say ...
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Is there a big difference between “self-made” and “home-made”?

I asked my colleague if the cake he brought is self-made. He answered "No, my girlfriend made it". Me: "So it's self-made!" He: "No, it's home-made!" If I asked the same question in German (my ...
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Speaking of data: Large, big or extensive?

I am dealing with a data set containing vast amounts of records. Am I dealing with big, large, or extensive data? I want to avoid the term "data set" in this context.
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Is it appropriate to say “just checking in and see if there is anything that I can help with” to your boss in an email? [closed]

Is the phrase "check in" too informal to say to anyone other than your friend? And the same question for "check back". In addition, is there any other way to say "reach out" in a work email?
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Usage of “Have something to do with”

The other day, I was eating at a restaurant with my mate. The food was really good but the waiters seemed to be rather rude. Then when we left there, my mate asked me what I thought of this ...
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Seeking Generic Word: Place where opponents fight

I have a definition in need of a word: A universal term for a place where opponents compete. Unfortunately, most words are specific to one type of sport or combat, but I can't think of one that would ...
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When to use “to take a walk” & when to use “to walk”?

This website says used with a noun instead of using a verb to describe an action. For example, if you take a walk, you walk somewhere So "to take a walk" & "to walk" can be used ...
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Because of a reason vs for a reason

When people say "Everything happens for a reason" it sounds like that "reason" is in the future. Is my interpretation wrong? If not, how do I clearly state that "Everything happens due to cause and ...
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Use of the word “analyzation” in formal writing

What is the consensus on the use of the word "analyzation" in formal writing (ie ...a problem arises in business analyzation...")? It technically exists in the dictionary - and by that I mean that ...
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“At no extra cost” vs “with no extra cost”

Usage: Procedure A can thus be applied at/with no extra cost. Which is the correct preposition here?
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Which is correct “lean on door” OR “lean against door”? [closed]

The questions is self-explanatory. I've actually seen "lean on door" to be more frequently used, but I've also heard the latter form. Is there a difference between these two forms?
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Words to differentiate between Class and Wealth

While there are many answers differentiating between class in a moral sense, (e.g. "Look at Johnny, cavorting with clowns. He truly has no class.") and wealth (see here, I can't find any between class ...