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Term for meeting top level criteria by meeting all lowe level criteria

I'm trying to find the word for meeting a summary-level (top level) requirement/criteria, by meeting all lower level criteria. For example, assume the only requirements for being a car were 1) 4+ ...
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What it is called to give your work to other for completion ( in administration) [closed]

To run away from your responsibilities and give away your work to other.
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Word for using one's own judgment to break a rule?

Someone is in a situation where rules and restrictions exist, or where there is a fixed procedure typically followed. However, the person in question understands why the rules/procedures exist and ...
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Adjective for someone who lives life to the fullest or lives in the present? [duplicate]

What is an adjective describing someone who lives life to the fullest or lives in the present? I would also prefer one-worded answers or hyphenated ones! Sample Sentence: She's such a [word] person, I ...
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Word/expression for the inherent ambiguity or difficulty of defining what constitutes a good outcome

TL;DR: I am in a need of a good, precise word or an expression capturing the notion that a computer science problem P remains open (just) because it is virtually impossible to specify/define what a ...
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Word that expresses agreement of unspoken conditions [closed]

Is there a word or concept that means - "We have explicitly agreed to these terms but by making this deal, you're are also bound by implicit, unspoken ethical constraints that between us is ...
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Is it correct to say that "sympathy" is a special case of "empathy"? [duplicate]

empathy = to understand someone else's feeling sympathy = to share someone's sorry/sad feeling In case of "empathy", one can understand someone's happy & sad feelings, while in "...
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A word or phrase to encompass both a long, flexible neck, and a long, flexible tail (but not normal arms and legs)

Consider a creature like a long-necked dinosaur: The neck and tail share many functional (and presumably anatomical) similarities. Specifically, as far as I'm concerned, they are both flexible ...
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Word for heavily foreign-influenced speech?

Is there a word for when someone uses words wrongly, or uses outright nonexistent words, due to influence from foreign languages? Examples: I thought she loved me, but she bedragged me. (<- bedra(...
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An abstract noun beginning with 'T' meaning originality/uniqueness?

I tried to recall a fabulous word my A-Level English teacher shared with me a few months ago, but can't remember it for the life of me! It: Was English (duh) Began with the letter 'T' Was a synonym ...
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A phrase to describe "A Genius who can't hide his talents even if he wants to" [closed]

I'm lookin for a title phrase for "A genius who can't hide his talents even if he wants to." Titles such as Heavenly Genius or Peerless Genius doesn't really fit the context. Any help on ...
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Like waiters serve tables in a restaurant, who serve rooms in a hotel? [closed]

I want to know what the person who serves the needs of a guest in a hotel is called in English.
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A word that describes members of a council who are not officers

I am trying to find a word for members of a council who are not officers. Officers of a council are usually defined in the constitution of that council and may include the chair [president, chairman, ...
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What do you call something that is "new" to someone? (Ex: a newly learned word) [closed]

For example a neologism is a "new word" but I'm trying to describe a word that, decidedly, is not new; but one that I have just learned the meaning/usage of, and had never even heard until ...
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Add a letter, add 2 syllables [closed]

What English word, when a single extra letter is added to the end, makes a new English word that has 2 more syllables than the original?
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Need help finding the appropriate english term for these financial related [closed]

I'm working for a company (belong to corporation) that provide services to customers through contracts. I'm looking for words that fit into these descriptions: Words describe the "customers"...
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Verifier or Verificator [closed]

We are building a software to verify the correctness and the safety of computer programs, I would like to know the name of this software should be a "program verifier" or a "program ...
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Is there a linguistic term that describes words that change pronunciation when combined together?

Examples of this include Breakfast which is just 'break,' and 'fast.' Of particular interest to me is helicopter, which is a combination of 'helico,' meaning spiral, and 'pter,' meaning wing. This is ...
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Does the word "phallus" mean "penis" in all cases? [closed]

I was wondering whether the word "phallus" means "penis" in all cases, or only when the "penis" is erect.
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I'm looking for the descriptive word of small group with a special language

This word refers to the special language a family or group of children would use to communicate with each other. I thought it was sartorial, but that is about clothing choices or tailoring. It was ...
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The quality of being apologetic

What is the word/noun for 'the quality of being apologetic'? Lexico definition of apologetic: adjective Expressing or showing regretful acknowledgement of an offence or failure. ‘she was very ...
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What is the name of the job who represents a family trust to manage fixed assets

Hi I'm hiring a manager for managing some fixed assets, mostly real estate, for a family trust. The person will be tasked to fix some real estate, then do some major upgrades, and collect rent from ...
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Is there an antonym for "nonstick"?

I have a pan that is not a nonstick pan. Is there a word to describe it? Something less awkward than "non-nonstick"? Maybe "stick" or "sticky", but I've never heard those ...
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Word for an idea that should be obvious [duplicate]

I'm trying to find a word to capture the meaning: this concept/phrase should be self-evident. Even self-evident isn't the best way to put it; perhaps its closer to when you put two words together it ...
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Any words that I can use to describe a person who insults someone by being kind or says something hurtful in a kind, soft tone?

The insult I'm referring to is like how people, in a kind way, admire and insult you by saying "hey man you are so great, intelligent, handsome, we are nothing in front of you" (in a ...
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What is another word for scraping off all the food and the itsy bitsy pieces of food onto another plate? [closed]

What is another word for transferring all the food by scraping off all of it onto another plate or container?
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Is there a precise word for "affecting greater knowledge than one actually possesses?" [duplicate]

Pretension immediately comes to mind, pedantry is close but there isn't the element of being wrong in the "display of learning," and posturing and sophistry have been suggested but both ...
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Looking for a word to describe a person who only did something nice to brag about it to others [duplicate]

A person who does a nice thing to help someone out only to let everyone know that they did it..like they almost brag about helping that person out What is a good word to describe that person?
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What's a single word for experience that is not extensive or deep?

How do we describe an experience that is not extensive or deep but is just an initial start into something? For example, I have had some ..... experience of the challenges of mobilization. Context: ...
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One-syllable word/adjective for 'receives little attention' [closed]

I want to find a one-syllable adjective that means 'receives little attention' / 'receives less attention'. For example, the sentence 'Paralympics usually receives less attention than the Olympics.' ...
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Adjective for the Weather [duplicate]

I'm looking for a word which functions as an adjective for weather. So I want to say something like "He had weather concerns as he went on holiday", but with a specific adjective term in ...
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What is it called when you say something that is not necessarily your opinion, or that you're not sure about? [duplicate]

I'm Dee and I teach English in Brazil. Some months ago, I was teaching a lesson about ways to say something that isn't necessarily your opinion, or that you're not completely sure about. The lesson ...
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Single word: Happiness caused by ones own misfortune

I'm looking for a word/loanword that means: "happiness caused by the misfortune of oneself" I have put together all combinations that follow this pattern: (sadness|happiness) caused by the ...
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What is the term for belief that economic outcomes are entirely deserved?

What is the name of the ideology that posits everyone's individual financial position (and the societal distribution of economic inequality) is already entirely justified, that is, individually earned ...
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What to call a field that the farmer let nature reclaim for becoming more fertile? [duplicate]

I think every once in a while, farmers stop growing on some of their crops fields. They let all the natural and wild grasses, weeds, flowers, plants, etc. grow up in it. I think the purpose is to give ...
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What is the word to describe the sudden emotional shift from being motivated towards sorrow? [closed]

Here is the moment from a story: For the first time after several years, he laced up his shoes and stepped outside to start his run. However, the run turned to a walk as his thinking turned inward ...
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What is the word for being attracted to a person's character?

Sapiosexual means someone who is attracted to intelligence. What would you call someone who is attracted to character? For clarification, I see character differing from personality in the sense that ...
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Real word for "patternistic"? [closed]

The context I was writing in: "I hypothesized that due to the patternistic structure of Active Directory environments and the frequency of their use [...]" The word seems like it would fit ...
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What is the adjective for “drama queen” as in a person/place overreacting to a minor action based on petty/unnecessary rules?

I'm looking for an adjective that can express the meaning of “drama queen”, but I’m not limited to that option. drama queen n. Informal. a person who often has exaggerated or overly emotional ...
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Which type of phrase is "Let's go, Brandon"? [closed]

Is there a name for a type of phrase like "Let's go, Brandon"? For some context, NPR: In this case, the phrase isn't actually about supporting a guy named Brandon. Instead, it's a euphemism ...
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Word for something untouchable and ephemeral that is beautiful

What's a word that describes something incredibly beautiful, that you can never own, and which might only exist for a short time? These words come to my mind when I think about the concept I'm trying ...
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What is a word for ‘not-fitting’?

I do not seem to fit within this social group. This ______ might be due to social anxiety. For the blank above I want to use something that means ‘lack of fitting’, but cannot find a good word that ...
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What is a word for thinking that there is a word for any concept/idea

This question was prompted by an exchange of comments in another single word request question. Here is the exchange: -What makes people think that English has a one-word for anything they could ...
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What is the best adjective to describe when a flag is flying perpendicularly like in this image?

It is Flag Day, and the US flag is on my brain. I can think of erect, unfurled, and at attention to describe a flag flying perpendicularly to the ground in a strong wind, but I feel like I’ve heard ...
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What is this type of gauge/panel called, which is used to divert energy to different parts of an electrical system?

There is a certain type of read-out that I've seen and heard about in sci-fi settings. The setting, we'll say "the ship" in this example, has a finite amount of energy throughput at any ...
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What's the one-word for a plan which is always discussed and planned but it never happens?

My cousin just keeps on planning that we will go here, do this, do that..... but it never happens. And in the next meet also the same cycle repeats. So I was just wondering what is the appropriate ...
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What's the counterpart to "enemy"? [closed]

If your "enemies" are those you want to harm or kill, what's the word for those you want to support or enable?
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A word to describe that you ate too much so you don't like it anymore now [duplicate]

In our native language we have a word for saying that you can't eat something because you ate too much of it and now you don't like the taste of it (for some time). When and how we use it: No, I don'...
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What term would be most appropriate for a secluded passage/courtyard?

You could think of this space as landlocked by surrounding buildings, exposed to the environment vertically but having no (intended) connections to paths or streets. The only ways to enter and exit ...
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When a disability is seen as a good thing

Ableism discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities Merriam Webster Disableism (not found in MW) Disablism can be defined as discriminatory, oppressive, abusive behaviour ...
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