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

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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 ...
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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....
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Antonym for the adjectival form of “honorific”

I'm looking for a good word to describe other words and contrast them with purely honorific sounding words. I'd like a word that could be used by itself (i.e. I can say "that's an honorific word&...
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Verbs with interchanged subject and object

For some verbs we can find another (not necessarily unique) verb which has the same meaning except that it corresponds the subject and the object in the opposite direction. For example, if I say “our ...
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The opposite of “free” in phrases

I'm not a native speaker of English but still it feels wrong to say: paid university paid entrance paid parking paid service paid consultation paid healthcare paid toilet paid fare Or does it? ...
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Opposite of Extinction

Extinct is to Extant; as Extinction is to ____________? The root words, extinct & extant, are basically polar opposites. The correct answer would be a technical term that indicates the polar ...
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Antonym for “formal methods”

In writing about verification techniques, I want to discuss formal methods vs. other methods (e.g., testing or code review). While informal is the generally the antonym of formal, referring to these ...
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Update vs Outdate

I'm not sure if this question belongs on English SE, but the following question is about word origins. Let's take two words: update and outdate. Update means to make (something) more modern or up ...
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What is the antonym of to toggle? [closed]

What is the antonym of "to toggle"? A search shows both to untoggle and to detoggle in use, but I could find neither in dictionaries. (I could find untoggle as "to unfasten by removing a toggle from ...
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What is the antonym for “waste/miss a chance”?

Is there a verb that can replace "waste" in the original phrase to get the opposite meaning? For instance, wouldn't it sound awkward if I say "I used all the chances I've been given"?
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What is the opposite of a multi-tribal society? [closed]

What is the opposite of a multi-tribal society? (I don't mean a single tribe society; I mean modern forms of societies that are not based on tribes any more). a nation? a modern society? a national ...
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Does the word “foot” refers to something else different of a part of a body [closed]

I'm reading about astronomy and all that stuff and I found this phrase pretty interesting, is from the book "Is life out there" by Sara Seager and she makes an analogy with the impossibility of ...
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antonym for “compressive”

The tidal field (of the Earth on the Moon, for example) is compressive in the two tangential directions, but stretching in the radial direction. I.e. it pulls at the Moon (towards Earth and in the ...
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Opposite of Holistic?

From Oxford Dictionaries characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole. Is there an opposite view for not ...
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Antonym of nature, that implies the cities and infrastructure constructed by man

I want to use a noun to describe the buildings and roads etc constructed by man ... as opposed to the forest and sea that exist on Earth naturally. Something besides "man-made". ETA: Many of the ...
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Single word for process of removing duplicates? [duplicate]

In the context of a list of items, the process of creating copies of something can be called duplication, but is there a single word for the process of removing duplicates to create a list of unique ...
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What is a good antonym for “symbolic”? [closed]

I'm searching for a good antonym for "symbolic." I'd be using it in a sentence like: In Beowulf, the different manifestations of courage, both symbolic and actualized, present an area of synthesis ...
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What do you call a person who is regionally unbiased?

What do you call a person who is regionally unbiased and has reasonable love/like for all people from other regions and countries/world? Something like someone who loves all people, not just of his ...
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exhibition v.s. inhibition

In my experience... Inhibition is commonly used in different ways, say to render difficult, or to hide, to restrict or hinder, etc. Exhibition can be something like making and art show, presentations,...
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Antonym for “come into effect”?

What's an antonym for "come into effect" when it is applied to rule/law? Update: To make myself clearer: I'm talking about the situation when some rule/law was active (used and applied) and then at ...
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How to verbalize a feeling that is opposite to wanting to commit suicide?

I am searching for a word or a phrase to call a feeling that can be defined as an opposite to wanting to die. I would use it to define a purpose in my life, because I noticed it became important for ...
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What does the description “go opposite direction of [blank]” mean?

I was watching my friend playing a video game where they were running through some trees and eventually running toward/along a fence. I suggested to go the opposite direction of the fence, but they ...
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What is the opposite of “Racist”? [closed]

I cannot find the term. Does one exist? ex. He is a racist! No, he is a (word that means the opposite of racist).
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Antonym of “customized”

We need to document a set of data processing rules. One of the rule is: "when the default style is changed, all items that have not yet been customized automatically receive these changes". In a ...
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What is it called when something is described as something completely opposite from the truth?

What is it called when something is described as something but the something is in fact anything but that something? For example : a strong man who calls himself a weakling a purple man who calls ...
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What is the proper antonym of featured?

I am creating an application where the admin will have the ability to mark some items as featured or if the item is already featured he can switch back to unfeatured but by unfeatured I does not mean ...
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What is the antonym of “veering” in the nautical sense?

I learned that in nautical English, as used in weather forecasts* transmitted by maritime radio services, if the wind is indicated veering, this has the meaning the direction where it comes from will ...
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What is the correct opposite of fan? [closed]

Is it correct to say or write "Its sad to see how fast people become fan and critic"? Actually I want to express my feelings about the people of current age who will be your fans but soon they will ...
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What's the opposite word of “strict parents”? [closed]

I am a non-native English speaker. When I was writing an English essay, a question came up my mind. Which word is better "carefree parents" or "easy-going parents" when I want to compare with "strict ...
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Opposite for “gold standard” for a benchmark of awfulness

A metaphorical meaning of "gold standard" is something that is really good to be compared with. For example, Wiktionary says (idiomatic) A test or measure of comparison that is considered ...
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Antonym of withholding the seal of approval

Sources usually speak of "giving the seal of approval" to a product, program, etc. Is there an more literal but still idiomatic way of expressing the opposite of "withholding the seal of approval"? I ...
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What is the opposite/antonyms for 'acquisition form'?

The antonyms for acquisition is loss and the such like found on here. However 'loss' and the such like do not catcher the full scope that need to be reflected in this context. It need to be able to ...
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What is antonym of changing in favour of something?

We may say The traffic light changed in favour of us, which means it changed from red to green for us. How can I use a similar structure to say it changed from green to red?
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What is the opposite of a standfirst?

A standfirst is: an introductory paragraph in an article, printed in larger or bolder type or in capitals, which summarizes the article Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th ...
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Antonym for “thimbleful”

What word can be used to describe a large quantity or amount in a way that it would sound like an antonym for "thimbleful". Preferably a word that rhymes with it or starts with "t". As in: I had a ...
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What is the opposite of a prefix?

In following, the word string refers to a sequence of letters. If A is a prefix substring of B. Then B is a ________ of A. Examples: ban is a prefix substring of banana so banana is a ________ of ...
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Is there an opposite of “back to the roots”?

I wondered whether or not there is an opposite of "back to the roots" in terms of development. Example using "back to the roots": For the city to develop a stable infrastructure, they have to go ...
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looking for antonym of plutocracy

I came across a word plutocracy Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary of Current English : (a) [U] government by a rich and powerful class (b) [C] state governed in this way I am looking ...
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What is the opposite of interference, as in “radio interference”?

You might say, "This radio signal has a lot of interference". If it gets better, you might say, "This radio signal has a high _______"?
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antonym of “recently”

What are the antonyms of recently? I have checked with a thesaurus and I got just two: before later Neither of those seems to fit into my call to action sentence - visit 10 URLs that were not ...
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equivocal vs. unequivocal vs. unambiguous vs. ambiguous

The word "equivocal" sounds like "talking with the same (one) voice". But in the English language it seems to mean explicitly "ambiguous" (= "talking with two voices/tongues/meanings"). How can ...
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Why is it immigrate and emigrate, but import and export (not emport)?

Is there a concrete linguistic reason why im- and ex- are used together in the case of goods but im- and em- in the case of people? Clearly, exigrate and emport sound odd, but are they a result of the ...
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What's an antonym for the adjective “concrete”?

For instance, profit margins are concrete, observable numbers whereas human needs can't easily be quantified. The sentence I'm trying to write is: Due to the fact that human needs are ______, ...

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