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What is the opposite of "Member"?

The relation between a user and a group is: The user is a member of the group. What is the converse relation? The group is a ___ of the user. What word suits here? Does team or union work?
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Can you use the word “wife”, unqualified, to refer to your “common-law wife”?

In some countries, cohabitation (and other conditions) can lead to a state of common-law marriage, attracting certain rights equal to or similar to an “official” marriage. In such a relationship, ...
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Inverse relation of dependency

I am looking for a word that is the reverse of the dependant relation. For example: If Bob financially/physically/.... depends on Alice, Bob is a dependant of Alice and Alice is a ..... of Bob. Any ...
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Adjective or noun for a personality trait of someone who is considerate of those weaker than themselves

I’m wondering if anyone can help me with a word that means a person who is considerate of the opinions of others particularly those weaker than them? I have in the back of my mind it begins with the ...
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Word Choice - "hope all is well, all things considered"

In email, and other written messaging is it appropriate (given the current state of the world) to open with something like "Hi XX, I hope you are doing well, all things considered."? I have ...
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What do you call someone whose unmarried partner has died? [closed]

What would you call someone whose unmarried partner has passed away? If they were married, the word would be widow(er). Ex-partner/ex-boy/girlfriend doesn't seem to fit either because the two never ...
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Is there a term for an adult without children, similar to "orphan" for the other way around?

For a child without any parents, there is a term - orphan. Is there such a term for the opposite - an adult without any children? This question actually comes out of a software development situation ...
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Word for sibling's sibling-in-law? [duplicate]

Imagine this scenario: Amy and Brent are sister and brother. Clive and Derek are brothers. Amy marries Clive. Derek is therefore Amy's brother-in-law. Brent is also Clive's brother-in-law. Derek and ...
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Use of he, him and it in a conversation

I don't fully understand the relationship between the following conversations. Suppose, two men are fighting, and there are three commentators. At this point man 2 intends to attack man 1. ...
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Distinguishing between my cousin's kids and my second cousin's parents

Both of these are considered my "first cousin once removed". I not a fan of this ambiguity, and I don't like to explain relations in compounded terms (i.e. "my mother's brother" when the term "uncle" ...
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Correct Terminology of Types of Users of a Software Application

Maybe I should ask this in a language forum? I am not in an English country, so maybe that's why I can't know for sure the word I am looking for. I'm designing a system that will have multiple ...
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Relationship between grandparents

Is there a word in English that refers to the relationship between the maternal and paternal grandparents of a child? I've been searching for years and would appreciate any possibilities. Thanks.
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What is the word for the new wife of a widower?

Is there a single word to describe the new wife/husband of a widower/widow? More Info: In countries like Albania they have an official document called "Family Certificate", which is essentially a ...
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Word for person who looks for flattery [closed]

What word could be used to describe a person who seeks and seems to depend on constant positive feedback from the people around him.
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Is there an equivalent to "née" (birth name) for an *ex*-spousal name?

When a woman marries she often is able to identify her former surname (aka maiden name) using the term née (men can use né though it is less common). If the woman later changes her name due to divorce ...
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My sister's husband's parents in relation to me [closed]

I have a sister. What are her husband's parents to me (i.e. her parents in-law)?
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What do you call a person who has a relationship with a much younger adult?

What do I call someone who marries or has a sexual relationship with someone much younger than themselves? Their partner is someone who is at least 18 years old. The term paedophile is not the ...
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What's more than a girlfriend but less than a wife? [duplicate]

Let's say I am in a committed relationship with a woman, but we are not married; talking about her as "my girlfriend" seems a bit silly, as it conveys the idea of something juvenile, and 1) our ...
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What’s a word for someone who does not believe in sexual orientation? [closed]

What do you call a person who does not believe in sexual orientation (other than the word bisexual)?
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Grammar and dead relatives

When referring to a relationship with a blood relative who has died, would you say, for instance, “John is Sue’s father,” or “John was Sue’s father”? If he has passed, does he cease being her father, ...
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The right word to show honour for president or such dignitaries while addressing them

what is the right word to show honour while addressing president or such dignitaries. Is "respected president" sufficient?
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"Degree of Proximity" or "Proximity of Blood" or "Relation Proximity"?

I'm translating a civil record to English, which has a table of information about a family registry. One of the titles is "Degree of Proximity", however I'm not sure which of the expressions suits the ...
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Word or phrase for one who tries to benefit from everything someone else does [duplicate]

I am trying to find a good word or phrase to describe someone who (or the act of someone which) tries to benefit from everything someone else has or does. The context is, on a personal level. For ...
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A word for "intimate friends" without any kind of romance?

I'm looking for a word to describe that a particular situation where two people (a man and a woman) are probably the best of friends but have no romantic inclinations towards each other. They may ...
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What's the relationship between persons using non-symetrically first-name and Mr. Smith?

What's the exact relationship between two adult people which call each other non-symetrically, one by first name and other by Mr. Smith? Many languages have this distinction and I believe the use ...
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relationship zone [closed]

I'm looking for a phrase to describe a certain relationship similar to "friend zone". The relationship is where you can't treat a person one way because you are so connected it might cause problems in ...
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Term to describe “revenge through sexual intercourse”?

What term can be used to describe someone who, to take revenge on or extract payback for (perceived) past wrongs done them by their (unfaithful) romantic partner, goes off and has casual sex with ...
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