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Questions tagged [antonyms]

An antonym is a word with a meaning opposite to another word.

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Opposite of innovation

I received a newsletter from my University that read, "Are you promoting innovation, diversity, and excellence at [university name]?" I was with a friend and we both saw the email on our phones. I ...
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The opposite of enabling a person to do something [closed]

The title kind of says it all. I'm looking for the opposite of "it enables the customer to perform …". First thought was "it disables the customer to perform … " but that just doesn't sound right. ...
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Is “start” or “beginning” a better antonym of “end”? [closed]

In many instances, both "start" and "beginning" can be used as an antonym of "end". But which is better? In particular, which is better for units of time like day, week, or month? I'm thinking of "...
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What is the antonym of Update? [duplicate]

As a developer, I am writing a commit message to rollback an update. In my message I want to describe what I am doing which is the opposite of an update. I am looking for something like the word ...
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Is there an antonym for “nice-to-have”?

Let's suppose that while looking for a new car, I end up with a list of requirements that I would like my new car to satisfy. I proceed to put these requirements into one of the following categories: ...
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Single Word Describing The Concept Of Language Barrier As Applied To Language In A Non-traditional sense

A single word carrying the connotation or literal meaning of either, "real language" or "official language" that is roughly antonymous with the word vernacular. To provide more context: I am seeking ...
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Word leverage. Synonyms, antonyms and asociation

What are at least two synonyms, two antonyms for a verb: to leverage? I'm hopeless, thanks for the answer. By the way, do you have any association with this word? I do homework and I do not know how ...
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What would be the best counterpart to the term “unimprovable”

Something along the lines of "not capable of being brought lower than one's current point." Considering unimprovable having the root improve, I am looking for a term that has the same effect from a ...
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fail to satisfy = frustrate?

Is it correct to say that if a person fails to satisfy one of his or her needs then that person frustrates that need? As I am not a native English speaker, I need to apologize for being unclear. I ...
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Opposite of “in front of”

I would like to modify the following sentence to change the location of the promoter to the opposite side. "TK promoter in front of the ICP27 gene in both vectors" Would it be as following?? "TK ...
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How do you write the opposite of a statement?

For instance: "I am joyful." Is the opposite "I am miserable," or "I'm not miserable"? The opposite of "I am" is "I'm not" or even "you aren't", and the opposite of "joyful" is "miserable". When ...
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Is “giving a f**k” a valid opposite of “not giving a f**k”?

When "I don't give a f..k" means "I don't care" does "I give a f..k" mean the opposite (which would be "I do care")? Additionally, would the question "If they'd give a f..k" mean "If they'd care?" ...
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Is hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia a word?

I'd like to know if hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophilia, my proposed opposite of hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is a real word or condition. I know -philia is the opposite of -phobia and -...
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Word for opposite of boss that is not pejorative? [duplicate]

I'm developing an app and cannot figure out a good word for the "underlings" of a boss which doesn't sound so pejorative. I've thought of supervisee, but that sounds archaic and I don't like how it's ...
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Antonym for diminutive name

Is there any antonym for "diminutive" when specifically used for names? For example: Joe is a diminutive of Joseph Joseph is a ______ of Joe
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Antonym of cap as in limit from the top

There is a verb 'cap' which means to limit value from the top. Like cap at 100, which means every value above 100 would be changed to 100. Is there a similar short word for the same operation, but ...
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What is a good antonym for “vouch”? [closed]

Example context: "I vouch for this user." What would be a good antonym/opposite sentence? I've seen people use "I devouch this user" on forum boards, but it doesn't sound right.
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Antonym of outcast

I need to know the opposite of verb outcast. This is needed for a software application with groups feature. I can outcast a user from a group. outcasted users will not be able to join the group. I ...
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Antonym of “addressing” somebody (opposite of @ at)

We are working in teams on the same files. We developed a mechanism to add markers for oneself or to address other people with the following syntax (similar to the @ addressing mechanism here at the ...
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Opposite of “mixed reactions”

I am looking for a good opposite for "mixed reactions". For example: The movies with the most mixed reactions from viewers are: ... Now I want to use the opposite: The movies with the most [...
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What is the literary device to describe isocolons with direct opposites?

In the poem 'We Shall Come No More' in Tawny Island by Verra Brittain, there is a strong parallelism between the 1st and 2nd stanza, even going as far as the same letter count. However the words are ...
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Antonym of “assume” or; a synonym of “assume” and its antonym

As the title implies, I am looking for a good, simple, single word antonym of "assume". Alternatively, if no good antonym exists that satisfies the requirements below, I am also open to suggestions ...
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The negative form of “extreme”

What is the negative form of the word "extreme" for this context: Temperature/climate insignificantly influences the production of honey due to the  ______(non-extreme)______  temperature during ...
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What is the antonym of “rarissima” and “rariora”?

Rarissima and rariora are two nouns meaning "extremely rare books, manuscripts, or prints" and "rare books" respectively. Is there a word denoting common or everyday books, or books that have no ...
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'Discouraged' as an antonym of 'recommended'?

We're designing short informative messages to be displayed as feedback on a design application. The usage of a particular type of lens is either recommended or recommended against. The positive ...
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Synonym for “Show the absence”

Is there some one-word replacement for "showed the absence" in a sentence like "Our research showed the absence of a certain effect"? I want to say that the effect was not observed, not that the ...
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The antonym of “rule lawyering”

Wikipedia defines rule lawyers as A rules lawyer is a participant in a rules-based environment who attempts to use the letter of the law without reference to the spirit TV Tropes has an in-depth ...
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Antonym for determinant

I am attempting to create a user interface to allow for exploring the connections between each of the variables used by a large set of equations. While examining any particular variable, I display a ...
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is there an active verb for what a “thing being consumed” does?

if we consider the sentence birds consume spiders, and spiders consume flies the "opposite" of that sentence is something like is flies <> spiders and spiders <> birds but, more active. ...
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Traffic in the same direction as yourself [closed]

Is there a word in English to describe traffic, that goes in the same direction as yourself? The opposite of oncoming traffic?
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What is a fire that is not a wildfire?

Do we have "civil(-ized) fire"? Wildfire is a forest fire, an uncontrolled fire, and metaphorically, anything that is uncontrolled and destructive. Fire also occurs other than in the wild, may ...
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What is the antonym of shadow [i.e. the shadow-casting object]?

I am looking for a more concise expression for a shadow-casting object in contrast to the shadow itself. Is there a generalisable term for something that casts a shadow?
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Negative verb for “it will pay off” [closed]

I am looking for a word like pay off, but with a negative connotation, that would fit in this sentence: If we don't solve this problem now, it will _____ in the future.
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Seeking an appropriate antonym to the word Miracle [duplicate]

Miracles are rare beneficial events that appear to have a supernatural intervention. So might not the antonym in one word be tragedy? Of the dozens of other words suggested, tragedy for me ...
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What do you call someone who receives a commendation

According to wikitionary, a "commender" commends someone. What do you call someone who receives a commendation?
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Antonyms of “intelligentsia”

What words could be used as antonyms of intelligentsia? The author of the book I am editing chose to use the word "unintelligentsia" in order to emphasise the (assumed) unintelligent or uncultured ...
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What is the opposite of 'enrolled'? [closed]

If I am displaying a list of courses that a person is enrolled on, the header for that list would be 'Enrolled Courses'. However, what would I put as the header for the list which contains those ...
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Antonym for “portioned” or “rationed”?

I'm translating a text about electrocardiography (ECG) into English, and I can't think of an antonym for the word "rationed" or "portioned". For context, the sentence contrasts "rationed" physical ...
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Antonym of “outlier” suitable for statistics parlance?

For use in the example sentence: After the outliers had been removed, the ... were grouped with a disjoint set (aka. Union-Find). I lean towards inliers, but this seems wrong given the linked ...
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antonym of “belong to”? [duplicate]

What's a verb that is the opposite of "belong [as a part] to"? e.g. A belongs to B. I belong to my group. then B __ A? My group __ me. I initially thought about "contains". But I'm not sure if ...
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Is there a direct antonym to “favorite”, not requiring modifiers?

I've searched a few Thesauri, and wracked my brain. But antonyms like "hated", "loathed", "disliked" require the modifier "most". Young children sometimes use "worst" as a direct antonym for "...
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Antonym for “genetically modified”

What is an antonym for "genetically modified" or "genetically engineered" in the context of biomedical research? Is there a good adjective to describe cells or organisms that were not genetically ...
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Opposite of racism? [closed]

Last week, I was on a political group on FB and someone mentioned this word. When I looked it up, its definitions indicated it was the opposite of racism. The word means, in simple terms, that "Person ...
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Opposite of “Shopping Cart,” for sellers?

What's an appropriate term for a "shopping cart" when you're adding things to the cart and then selling them as opposed to buying? This is for a web app but to help explain what I mean, the context ...
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Do prefixes & suffixes have antonyms?

Question Do prefixes & suffixes have antonyms? As in, is it possible for a prefix or suffix to not have an antonym? Example Google defines "-gon" as: -gon combining form in nouns ...
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Antonym of additive - Subtractive?

We have the word additive as in "An additive process" or "additive manufacturing". Why do we not have the antonym subtractive? This seems relevant to styles of coding. Especially in css. When ...
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Looking for the antonym of stigmatizing [closed]

What is the antonym for "stigmatizing"? I would like to describe this idea that people will stigmatize or [???] someone based on his conduct. Like saying that he is dishonorable [stigma] or a man of ...
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Is there a term for words which are the opposites of more than one word

I wonder if there is a specific term for words which are opposites of more than word. Admittedly I can only think of one such word 'right' which is the opposite of both 'left' and 'wrong'. I would ...
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What is the opposite of backdating? [closed]

If I take a record and adjust its time to the past, I backdate it. Is there an equivalent term for adjusting its time to the future? Fordating?
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Antonym for “derived”/“derivative”

Suppose an idea or an artistic work A is derived from another idea or work B. We would call A the "derivative" or the "derived". What would we call B? I looked for antonyms of derived on thesaurus....