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{adj: .22 caliber, .22-caliber, .22 calibre, .22-calibre} of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures twenty-two hundredths of an inch in diameter
"a .22 caliber pistol"



{adj: .38 caliber, .38-caliber, .38 calibre, .38-calibre} of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures thirty-eight hundredths of an inch in diameter
"a .38 caliber shell"

{adj: .45 caliber, .45-caliber, .45 calibre, .45-calibre} of or relating to the bore of a gun (or its ammunition) that measures forty-five hundredths of an inch in diameter

{adj: Acheronian, Acherontic, Stygian} dark and dismal as of the rivers Acheron and Styx in Hades
"in the depths of an Acheronian forest"
"upon those roseate lips a Stygian hue"-Wordsworth

{adj: Adonic} having a rhythm consisting of a dactyl followed by a spondee or a trochee
"the verse of the laments is Adonic"

{adj: Baptist, Baptistic} of or pertaining to or characteristic of the Baptist church
"Baptist baptismal practices"
"a Baptist minister"

{adj: Barbadian} of or relating to or characteristic of Barbados or its inhabitants
"a Barbadian vacation"

{adj: Biedermeier} of or relating to a style of furniture developed in Germany in the 19th century

{adj: Boolean} of or relating to a combinatorial system devised by George Boole that combines propositions with the logical operators AND and OR and IF THEN and EXCEPT and NOT

{adj: Brummagem} cheap and showy
"a cheap Brummagem imitation"

{adj: Byzantine, convoluted, involved, knotty, tangled, tortuous} highly complex or intricate
"the Byzantine tax structure"
"convoluted legal language"
"convoluted reasoning"
"the plot was too involved"
"a knotty problem"
"got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"
"Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott
"tortuous legal procedures"
"tortuous negotiations lasting for months"

{adj: Byzantine} characterized by elaborate scheming and intrigue; devious
"Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"
"a fine hand for Byzantine deals and cozy arrangements"

{adj: Cimmerian} intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness
"the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt"-Norman Douglas

{adj: Cockney} relating to or resembling a cockney
"Cockney street urchins"

{adj: Congregational, Congregationalist} of or pertaining to or characteristic of a Congregational church

{adj: Continental} of or pertaining to or typical of Europe
"a Continental breakfast"

{adj: Copernican} of radical or major importance
"a Copernican revolution in modern art"

{adj: Creole} of or relating to a language that arises from contact between two other languages and has features of both
"Creole grammars"

{adj: Dipylon} of or relating to a gateway on the west of ancient Athens

{adj: Djiboutian} of or relating to Djibouti or its people or culture
"Djiboutian landscape"
"Djiboutian merchants"
"a Djiboutian storyteller"

{adj: Fahrenheit} of or relating to a temperature scale proposed by the inventor of the mercury thermometer
"water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit under normal conditions"

{adj: Faustian} pertaining to or resembling or befitting Faust or Faustus especially in insatiably striving for worldly knowledge and power even at the price of spiritual values
"a Faustian pact with the Devil"

{adj: Finno-Ugric-speaking} able to communicate in a Finno-Ugric language

{adj: French, Gallic} of or pertaining to France or the people of France
"French cooking"
"a Gallic shrug"

{adj: German, Germanic, Teutonic} of a more or less German nature; somewhat German
"Germanic peoples"
"his Germanic nature"
"formidable volumes Teutonic in their thoroughness"

{adj: Gilbertian} wildly comic and improbable as in Gilbert and Sullivan operas
"a Gilbertian world people with foundlings and changelings"- T.C.Worsley

{adj: Gram-negative} (of bacteria) being of or relating to a bacterium that does not retain the violet stain used in Gram's method

{adj: Gram-positive} (of bacteria) being or relating to a bacterium that retains the violet stain used in Gram's method

{adj: Greek, Grecian, Hellenic} of or relating to or characteristic of Greece or the Greeks
"Greek mythology"
"a Grecian robe"

{adj: Hispanic, Latino} related to a Spanish-speaking people or culture
"the Hispanic population of California is growing rapidly"

{adj: Hollywood} of or relating to the film industry in the United States
"a Hollywood actor"

{adj: Icelandic} of or relating to Iceland or its people or culture and language
"Icelandic ports"
"the Icelandic president is a woman"
"Icelandic sagas"

{adj: Ismaili} of or relating to a branch of Shiism that is noted for its esoteric philosophy

{adj: Janus-faced} having or concerned with polarities or contrasts
"a Janus-faced view of history"
"a Janus-faced policy"

{adj: Jewish, Judaic} of or relating to Jews or their culture or religion
"He is Jewish"
"a Jewish wedding"

{adj: Junoesque, statuesque} suggestive of a statue

{adj: Lao} of or relating to a member of the Buddhist people inhabiting the Mekong river in Laos and Thailand

{adj: Latin} having or resembling the psychology or temper characteristic of people of Latin America
"very Latin in temperament"
"a Latin disdain"
"his hot Latin blood"

{adj: Markovian} relating to or generated by a Markov process

{adj: Modern, New} used of a living language; being the current stage in its development
"Modern English"
"New Hebrew is Israeli Hebrew"

{adj: Mongol, Mongolian} of or relating to the region of Mongolia or its people or their languages or cultures
"the Mongol invaders"
"a Mongolian pony"
"Mongolian syntax strongly resembles Korean syntax"

{adj: Nigerian, Nigerien} of or relating to the people of Nigeria
"a Nigerian novelist won the Nobel Prize for literature this year"

{adj: Nordic} of or relating to or constituting the Scandinavian group of languages
"Nordic languages have a gender system"

{adj: Old} of a very early stage in development
"Old English is also called Anglo Saxon"
"Old High German is High German from the middle of the 9th to the end of the 11th century"

{adj: Orwellian} of or relating to the works of George Orwell (especially his picture of a future totalitarian state)

{adj: Panhellenic, Pan-Hellenic} of or relating to all the Greeks
"the Olympic Games were a Panhellenic celebration"

{adj: Praetorian, Pretorian} characteristic of or similar to the corruptible soldiers in the Praetorian Guard with respect to corruption or political venality
"a large Praetorian bureaucracy filled with ambitious...and often sycophantic people makes work and makes trouble"- Arthur M.Schlesinger Jr.

{adj: Protestant} of or relating to Protestants or Protestantism
"Protestant churches"
"a Protestant denomination"

{adj: Romany, Romani} of or relating to the Gypsies or their language or culture
"Romani nomads"
"Romany folk songs"
"a Gypsy fortune-teller"

{adj: Roman} relating to or characteristic of people of Rome
"Roman virtues"
"his Roman bearing in adversity"
"a Roman nose"

{adj: Sapphic} a meter used by Sappho and named after her

{adj: Saxon} of or relating to or characteristic of the early Saxons or Anglo-Saxons and their descendents (especially the English or Lowland Scots) and their language
"Saxon princes"
"for greater clarity choose a plain Saxon term instead of a latinate one"

{adj: Semitic-speaking} able to communicate in a Semitic language

{adj: Semitic} of or relating to the group of Semitic languages
"Semitic tongues have a complicated morphology"

{adj: Siouan-speaking} able to communicate in a Siouan language

{adj: Slav} speaking a Slavic language
"the Slav population of Georgia"

{adj: Tamil} of or relating to a speaker of the Tamil language or the language itself
"the Tamil Tigers are fighting the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka"
"Tamil agglutinative phrases"

{adj: Taoist} of or relating to the philosophical system developed by Lao-tzu and Chuang-tzu advocating a simple honest life

{adj: Taoist} of or relating to the popular Chinese religious system based on the teachings of Lao-tzu but including a pantheon of gods along with divination and magic
"Taoist temples"

{adj: Tudor} of or relating to a style of architecture in England in the 15th century
"half-timbered Tudor houses"
"Tudor furniture"

{adj: Union, Federal} being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War
"Union soldiers"
"Federal forces"
"a Federal infantryman"

{adj: WYSIWYG} relating to or being a word processing system that prints the text exactly as it appears on the computer screen

{adj: Yankee} used by Southerners for an inhabitant of a northern state in the United States (especially a Union soldier)

{adj: Zionist} relating to or characteristic of a supporter of Zionism
"the Zionist leader Theodor Herzl"

{adj: a cappella} without musical accompaniment
"they sang an a cappella Mass"

{adj: a few, a couple of} more than one but indefinitely small in number
"a few roses"
"a couple of roses"

{adj: a la carte} (of a restaurant meal) having unlimited choices with a separate price for each item
<-> table d'hote

{adj: a posteriori} involving reasoning from facts or particulars to general principals or from effects to causes
"a posteriori demonstration"
<-> a priori

{adj: a posteriori} requiring evidence for validation or support

{adj: a priori} based on hypothesis or theory rather than experiment

{adj: a priori} involving deductive reasoning from a general principle to a necessary effect; not supported by fact
"an a priori judgment"
<-> a posteriori

{adj: a-ok, a-okay} in perfect condition or order

{adj: abaxial, dorsal} facing away from the axis of an organ or organism
"the abaxial surface of a leaf is the underside or side facing away from the stem"
<-> adaxial

{adj: abbreviated, brief} (of clothing) very short
"an abbreviated swimsuit"
"a brief bikini"

{adj: abdominous, paunchy, potbellied} having a large belly

{adj: abject, low, low-down, miserable, scummy, scurvy} of the most contemptible kind
"abject cowardice"
"a low stunt to pull"
"a low-down sneak"
"his miserable treatment of his family"
"You miserable skunk!"
"a scummy rabble"
"a scurvy trick"

{adj: ablative} tending to ablate; i.e. to be removed or vaporized at very high temperature
"ablative material on a rocket cone"

{adj: ablaze, afire, aflame, aflare, alight, blazing, burning, flaming, on fire} lighted up by or as by fire or flame
"forests set ablaze (or afire) by lightning"
"even the car's tires were aflame"
"a night aflare with fireworks"
"candles alight on the tables"
"blazing logs in the fireplace"
"a burning cigarette"
"a flaming crackling fire"
"houses on fire"

{adj: able, able-bodied} having a strong healthy body
"an able seaman"
"every able-bodied young man served in the army"

{adj: able, capable} have the skills and qualifications to do things well
"able teachers"
"a capable administrator"
"children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"

{adj: able} (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
"able to swim"
"she was able to program her computer"
"we were at last able to buy a car"
"able to get a grant for the project"
<-> unable

{adj: abnormal} not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm
"abnormal powers of concentration"
"abnormal amounts of rain"
"abnormal circumstances"
"an abnormal interest in food"
<-> normal

{adj: aboral} opposite to or away from the mouth
"the aboral surface of a starfish"
<-> oral

{adj: abortive, stillborn, unsuccessful} failing to accomplish an intended result
"an abortive revolt"
"a stillborn plot to assassinate the President"

{adj: abroach, broached} of a cask or barrel
"the cask was set abroach"

{adj: abroad, overseas} in a foreign country
"markets abroad"
"overseas markets"

{adj: abrupt, precipitous, sharp} extremely steep
"an abrupt canyon"
"the precipitous rapids of the upper river"
"the precipitous hills of Chinese paintings"
"a sharp drop"

{adj: absent, absentminded, abstracted, scatty} lost in thought; showing preoccupation
"an absent stare"
"an absentminded professor"
"the scatty glancing quality of a hyperactive but unfocused intelligence"

{adj: absent} not in a specified place physically or mentally
<-> present

{adj: absolute, conclusive} expressing finality with no implication of possible change
"an absolute guarantee to respect the nation's authority"
"inability to make a conclusive refusal"

{adj: absolute, downright, out-and-out, rank, right-down, sheer} complete and without restriction or qualification; sometimes used informally as intensifiers
"absolute freedom"
"an absolute dimwit"
"a downright lie"
"out-and-out mayhem"
"an out-and-out lie"
"a rank outsider"
"many right-down vices"
"got the job through sheer persistence"
"sheer stupidity"

{adj: absolute, total, unconditioned} without conditions or limitations
"a total ban"

{adj: absorbable} capable of being absorbed or taken in through the pores of a surface
<-> adsorbable

{adj: absorbed} taken in through the pores of a surface
"the absorbed water expanded the sponge"

{adj: absorbent, absorptive} having power or capacity or tendency to absorb or soak up something (liquids or energy etc.)
"as absorbent as a sponge"
<-> nonabsorbent

{adj: absorbing, engrossing, fascinating, gripping, riveting} capable of arousing and holding the attention
"a fascinating story"

{adj: abstemious, light} marked by temperance in indulgence
"abstemious with the use of adverbs"
"a light eater"
"a light smoker"
"ate a light supper"

{adj: abstract, abstractionist, nonfigurative, nonobjective} not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature
"a large abstract painting"

{adj: abstracted, removed} taken out of or separated from
"possibility is...achievability, abstracted from achievement"- A.N.Whitehead

{adj: abstract} dealing with a subject in the abstract without practical purpose or intention
"abstract reasoning"
"abstract science"

{adj: abstruse, deep, recondite} difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible to one of ordinary understanding or knowledge
"the professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them"
"a deep metaphysical theory"
"some recondite problem in historiography"

{adj: absurd, cockeyed, derisory, idiotic, laughable, ludicrous, nonsensical, preposterous, ridiculous} incongruous;inviting ridicule
"the absurd excuse that the dog ate his homework"
"that's a cockeyed idea"
"ask a nonsensical question and get a nonsensical answer"
"a contribution so small as to be laughable"
"it is ludicrous to call a cottage a mansion"
"a preposterous attempt to turn back the pages of history"
"her conceited assumption of universal interest in her rather dull children was ridiculous"

{adj: abutting, adjacent, adjoining, conterminous, contiguous, neighboring} having a common boundary or edge; touching
"abutting lots"
"adjoining rooms"
"Rhode Island has two bordering states; Massachusetts and Conncecticut"
"the side of Germany conterminous with France"
"Utah and the contiguous state of Idaho"
"neighboring cities"

{adj: abuzz, buzzing, droning} noisy like the sound of a bee
"the room was abuzz over the latest scandal"

{adj: academic, donnish, pedantic} marked by a narrow focus on or display of learning especially its trivial aspects

{adj: acanthoid, acanthous, spinous} shaped like a spine or thorn

{adj: acaudate, acaudal} lacking a tail or taillike appendage
<-> caudate

{adj: accentual} (of verse) having a metric system based on stress rather than syllables or quantity
"accentual poetry is based on the number of stresses in a line"
"accentual rhythm"
<-> quantitative, syllabic

{adj: accepted, received} widely accepted as true or worthy
"the accepted wisdom about old age"
"a received moral idea"
"Received political wisdom says not; surveys show otherwise"- Economist

{adj: accessible} capable of being reached
"a town accessible by rail"
<-> inaccessible

{adj: accidental, adventitious} associated by chance and not an integral part
"poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson
"they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character"

{adj: accidental, casual, chance} occurring or appearing or singled out by chance
"their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"
"seek help from casual passers-by"
"a casual meeting"
"a chance occurrence"

{adj: accommodating, accommodative} helpful in bringing about a harmonious adaptation
"the warden was always accommodating in allowing visitors in"
"made a special effort to be accommodating"
<-> unaccommodating

{adj: accommodating} obliging; willing to do favors
"made a special effort to be accommodating"

{adj: accompanying, attendant, concomitant, incidental, incidental to} following as a consequence
"an excessive growth of bureaucracy, with attendant problems"
"snags incidental to the changeover in management"

{adj: accomplished, completed, realized, realised} successfully completed or brought to an end
"his mission accomplished he took a vacation"
"the completed project"
"the joy of a realized ambition overcame him"

{adj: accomplished, complete} highly skilled
"an accomplished pianist"
"a complete musician"

{adj: accordant} being in agreement or harmony; often followed by `with'
"a place perfectly accordant with man's nature"-Thomas Hardy
<-> discordant

{adj: accoutered, accoutred} provided with necessary articles of equipment for a specialized purpose (especially military)
"troops accoutered for battle"
"properly accoutered for the trip"

{adj: accumbent, decumbent, recumbent, reclining} lying down; in a position of comfort or rest

{adj: accumulated, amassed, assembled, collected, congregate, massed} brought together into a group or crowd
"the accumulated letters in my office"

{adj: accurate, exact, precise} (of ideas, images, representations, expressions) characterized by perfect conformity to fact or truth ; strictly correct
"a precise image"
"a precise measurement"

{adj: accurate} conforming exactly or almost exactly to fact or to a standard or performing with total accuracy
"an accurate reproduction"
"the accounting was accurate"
"accurate measurements"
"an accurate scale"
<-> inaccurate

{adj: accursed, accurst, maledict} under a curse

{adj: accusatorial} specifically indicating a form of prosecution in which one is publicly accused of and tried for a crime and in which the judge is not also the prosecutor
<-> inquisitorial

{adj: ace, A-one, crack, fantastic, first-rate, super, tiptop, topnotch, tops} of the highest quality
"an ace reporter"
"a crack shot"
"a first-rate golfer"
"a super party"
"played top-notch tennis"
"an athlete in tiptop condition"
"she is absolutely tops"

{adj: acentric} lacking a centromere
"an acentric chromosome fragment"

{adj: acephalous} lacking a head or a clearly defined head
"acephalous worms"

{adj: acerb, acerbic, acid, acrid, bitter, blistering, caustic, sulfurous, sulphurous, venomous, virulent, vitriolic} harsh or corrosive in tone
"an acerbic tone piercing otherwise flowery prose"
"a barrage of acid comments"
"her acrid remarks make her many enemies"
"bitter words"
"blistering criticism"
"caustic jokes about political assassination, talk-show hosts and medical ethics"
"a sulfurous denunciation"
"a vitriolic critique"

{adj: acervate} pertaining to a growth of fungi that forms a heaped-up mass
"acervate fungous sporophores"

{adj: aching, achy} causing a dull and steady pain
"my aching head"
"her old achy joints"

{adj: achlamydeous} not having a floral envelope or perianth
<-> chlamydeous

{adj: achondritic} not having a granular structure
<-> chondritic

{adj: achromatinic} (of substance of a cell nucleus) not readily colored by stains
<-> chromatinic

{adj: acid-loving} thriving in a relatively acidic environment (especially of plants requiring a pH well below 7)
<-> alkaline-loving

{adj: acid-tasting, sour-tasting} having a sour acidic taste

{adj: acidic} being or containing an acid; of a solution having an excess of hydrogen atoms (having a pH of less than 7)
<-> alkaline, amphoteric

{adj: acinar, acinous, acinose, acinic} pertaining to one of the small sacs (as in a compound gland)

{adj: acinar} pertaining to the individual parts making up an aggregate fruit like a blackberry

{adj: acknowledged} recognized or made known or admitted
"the acknowledged leader of the community"
"a woman of acknowledged accomplishments"
"his acknowledged error"
<-> unacknowledged

{adj: acoustic, acoustical} of or relating to the science of acoustics
"acoustic properties of a hall"

{adj: acquired} gotten through environmental forces
"acquired characteristics (such as a suntan or a broken nose) cannot be passed on"

{adj: acquitted, not guilty} declared not guilty of a specific offense or crime; legally blameless
"he stands acquitted on all charges"
"the jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity"

{adj: acritical} without a crisis (as of some diseases)

{adj: acrocentric} having a subterminal centromere
"an acrocentric chromosome"

{adj: acromegalic, pituitary} having abnormal size with overgrown extremities resulting from abnormal pituitary secretion
"a protruding acromegalic jaw"
"a pituitary dwarf"

{adj: across-the-board, all-embracing, all-encompassing, all-inclusive, blanket, broad, encompassing, extensive, panoptic, wide} broad in scope or content
"across-the-board pay increases"
"an all-embracing definition"
"blanket sanctions against human-rights violators"
"an invention with broad applications"
"a panoptic study of Soviet nationality"- T.G.Winner
"granted him wide powers"

{adj: acting} serving temporarily especially as a substitute
"the acting president"

{adj: actinoid} having a radial form
"starfish are actinoid--that is, they are radially symmetrical"

{adj: activated, excited} (of e.g. a molecule) made reactive or more reactive

{adj: activated} set up and placed on active assignment
"a newly activated unit"

{adj: active, dynamic} expressing action rather than a state of being; used of verbs (e.g. `to run') and participial adjectives (e.g. `running' in `running water')
<-> stative

{adj: active} characterized by energetic activity
"an active toddler"
"active as a gazelle"
"an active man is a man of action"
<-> inactive

{adj: active} disposed to take action or effectuate change
"a director who takes an active interest in corporate operations"
"an active antagonism"
"he was active in drawing attention to their grievances"
<-> passive

{adj: active} exerting influence or producing a change or effect
"an active ingredient"
<-> inactive

{adj: active} of the sun; characterized by a high level activity in sunspots and flares and radio emissions
<-> quiet

{adj: actual, genuine, literal, real} being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
"her actual motive"
"a literal solitude like a desert"- G.K.Chesterton
"a genuine dilemma"

{adj: actuated} moved to action
"a man actuated by unworthy desired"

{adj: acuate, acute, sharp, needlelike} ending in a sharp point

{adj: aculeate, aculeated} having or resembling a stinger or barb
"aculeate insects such as bees and wasps"

{adj: acuminate} of a leaf shape; narrowing to a slender point

{adj: acute, discriminating, incisive, keen, knifelike, penetrating, penetrative, piercing, sharp} having or demonstrating ability to recognize or draw fine distinctions
"an acute observer of politics and politicians"
"incisive comments"
"icy knifelike reasoning"
"as sharp and incisive as the stroke of a fang"
"penetrating insight"
"frequent penetrative observations"

{adj: acute} having or experiencing a rapid onset and short but severe course
"acute appendicitis"
"the acute phase of the illness"
"acute patients"
<-> chronic

{adj: ad hoc} for or concerned with one specific purpose
"a coordinated policy instead of ad hoc decisions"

{adj: ad-lib, extemporaneous, extemporary, extempore, impromptu, offhand, offhanded, off-the-cuff, unrehearsed} with little or no preparation or forethought
"his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment"
"an extemporaneous piano recital"
"an extemporary lecture"
"an extempore skit"
"an impromptu speech"
"offhand excuses"
"trying to sound offhanded and reassuring"
"an off-the-cuff toast"
"a few unrehearsed comments"

{adj: ad-lib, spontaneous, unwritten} said or done without having been planned or written in advance
"he made a few ad-lib remarks"

{adj: adamantine} having the hardness of a diamond

{adj: adaptable} capable of adapting (of becoming or being made suitable) to a particular situation or use
"to succeed one must be adaptable"
"the frame was adaptable to cloth bolts of different widths"
<-> unadaptable

{adj: adapted, altered} changed in order to improve or made more fit for a particular purpose
"seeds precisely adapted to the area"
"instructions altered to suit the children's different ages"

{adj: adaptive, adaptative} having a capacity for adaptation
"the adaptive coloring of a chameleon"
<-> maladaptive

{adj: adaxial, ventral} nearest to or facing toward the axis of an organ or organism
"the upper side of a leaf is known as the adaxial surface"
<-> abaxial

{adj: addlebrained, addlepated, potty, puddingheaded, muddleheaded} stupid and confused; used especially of persons
"blathering like the addlepated nincompoop that you are"
"a confused puddingheaded, muddleheaded fellow"- Isaac Sterne

{adj: addressed} (of mail) marked with a destination
"I throw away all mail addressed to `resident'"
<-> unaddressed

{adj: adenoidal, pinched, nasal} sounding as if the nose were pinched
"a whining nasal voice"

{adj: adept, expert, good, practiced, proficient, skillful, skilful} having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
"adept in handicrafts"
"an adept juggler"
"an expert job"
"a good mechanic"
"a practiced marksman"
"a proficient engineer"
"a lesser-known but no less skillful composer"
"the effect was achieved by skillful retouching"

{adj: adequate, decent, enough} enough to meet a purpose
"an adequate income"
"the food was adequate"
"a decent wage"
"enough food"
"food enough"

{adj: adequate, passable, fair to middling, tolerable} about average; acceptable
"more than adequate as a secretary"

{adj: adequate} (sometimes followed by `to') meeting the requirements especially of a task
"she had adequate training"
"her training was adequate"
"she was adequate to the job"
<-> inadequate

{adj: adjunct, assistant} of or relating to a person who is subordinate to another

{adj: adjuratory} containing a solemn charge or command

{adj: adjusted, familiarized, familiarised} having achieved a comfortable relation with your environment

{adj: adjusted} altered to accommodate to certain requirements or bring into a proper relation
"an adjusted insurance claim"
"the car runs more smoothly with the timing adjusted"
<-> unadjusted

{adj: adjuvant} enhancing the action of a medical treatment
"the adjuvant action of certain bacteria"

{adj: admonitory, admonishing, reproachful, reproving} expressing reproof or reproach especially as a corrective

{adj: admonitory, cautionary, exemplary, monitory, warning} serving to warn
"shook a monitory finger at him"
"an exemplary jail sentence"

{adj: adnate} of unlike parts or organs; growing closely attached
"a calyx adnate to the ovary"
<-> connate

{adj: adolescent, jejune, juvenile, puerile} displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity
"adolescent insecurity"
"jejune responses to our problems"
"their behavior was juvenile"
"puerile jokes"

{adj: adoptable} suitable or eligible for adoption
"a shortage of adoptable babies"
<-> unadoptable

{adj: adopted} having been taken into a specific relationship
"an adopted child"

{adj: adorable, endearing, lovely} lovable especially in a childlike or naive way

{adj: adored, idolized, idolised, worshipped} regarded with deep or rapturous love (especially as if for a god)
"adored grandchildren"
"an idolized wife"

{adj: adoring, doting, fond} extravagantly or foolishly loving and indulgent
"adoring grandparents"
"deceiving her preoccupied and doting husband with a young captain"
"hopelessly spoiled by a fond mother"

{adj: adrift} afloat on the surface of a body of water
"after the storm the boats were adrift"

{adj: adroit, clever, ingenious} skillful (or showing skill) in adapting means to ends
"cool prudence and sensitive selfishness along with quick perception of what is possible--these distinguish an adroit politician"
"came up with a clever story"
"an ingenious press agent"
"an ingenious scheme"

{adj: adscititious} supplemental; not part of the real or essential nature of a thing
"adscititious vowels"

{adj: adscript, adscripted} (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
"an adscript serf"

{adj: adsorbable, adsorbate} capable of being adsorbed or accumulated on a surface of a solid
<-> absorbable

{adj: adsorbed} accumulated on a surface of a solid
"a film of adsorbed gas on the charcoal"

{adj: adsorbent, adsorptive, surface-assimilative} having capacity or tendency to adsorb or cause to accumulate on a surface
<-> nonadsorbent

{adj: adult, big, full-grown, fully grown, grown, grownup} (of animals) fully developed
"an adult animal"
"a grown woman"

{adj: adulterous, cheating, two-timing} not faithful to a spouse or lover
"adulterous husbands and wives"
"a two-timing boyfriend"

{adj: adulterous, extramarital, extracurricular} characterized by adultery
"an adulterous relationship"
"extramarital affairs"
"the extracurricular activities of a philandering husband"

{adj: adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked} dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
"a vast desert all adust"
"land lying baked in the heat"
"parched soil"
"the earth was scorched and bare"
"sunbaked salt flats"

{adj: advanced, forward-looking, innovative, modern} ahead of the times
"the advanced teaching methods"
"had advanced views on the subject"
"a forward-looking corporation"
"is British industry innovative enough?"

{adj: advanced, ripe} far along in time
"a man of advanced age"
"advanced in years"
"a ripe old age"
"the ripe age of 90"

{adj: advanced, sophisticated} ahead in development; complex or intricate
"advanced technology"
"a sophisticated electronic control system"

{adj: advanced} at a higher level in training or knowledge or skill
"an advanced degree"
"an advanced text in physics"
"special seminars for small groups of advanced students at the University"

{adj: advanced} comparatively late in a course of development
"the illness had reached an advanced stage"
"an advanced state of exhaustion"

{adj: advantageous, appropriate} appropriate for achieving a particular end; implies a lack of concern for fairness

{adj: advantageous} giving an advantage
"a contract advantageous to our country"
"socially advantageous to entertain often"
<-> disadvantageous

{adj: adverse, contrary} in an opposing direction
"adverse currents"
"a contrary wind"

{adj: adverse, harmful, inauspicious, untoward} contrary to your interests or welfare
"adverse circumstances"
"made a place for themselves under the most untoward conditions"

{adj: aerated} (of a liquid) treated by having air passed or bubbled through it for purification

{adj: aerial} growing in air
"aerial roots of a philodendron"

{adj: aestival, estival} (rare) of or occurring in summer
"the sky was a burnished aestival blue"
"estival winds"

{adj: afeard, afeared} a pronunciation of afraid

{adj: affable, amiable, cordial, genial} diffusing warmth and friendliness
"an affable smile"
"an amiable gathering"
"cordial relations"
"a cordial greeting"
"a genial host"

{adj: affectionate, caring, fond, lovesome, tender, warm} having or displaying warmth or affection
"affectionate children"
"caring parents"
"a fond embrace"
"fond of his nephew"
"a tender glance"
"a warm embrace"

{adj: affirmable, assertable} capable of being affirmed or asserted
"a quality affirmable of every member of the family"

{adj: affirmative, favoring} supporting a policy or attitude etc
"an affirmative argument"

{adj: affixal, affixial} of or pertaining to a linguistic affix

{adj: afflictive, painful, sore} causing misery or pain or distress
"it was a sore trial to him"
"the painful process of growing up"

{adj: affluent, flush, loaded, moneyed, wealthy} having an abundant supply of money or possessions of value
"an affluent banker"
"a speculator flush with cash"
"not merely rich but loaded"
"moneyed aristocrats"
"wealthy corporations"

{adj: aflare, flaring, flying, waving} streaming or flapping or spreading wide as if in a current of air
"ran quickly, her flaring coat behind her"
"flying banners"
"flags waving in the breeze"

{adj: afloat, awash, flooded, inundated, overflowing} covered with water
"the main deck was afloat (or awash)"
"the monsoon left the whole place awash"
"a flooded bathroom"
"inundated farmlands"
"an overflowing tub"

{adj: afoul, foul, fouled} especially of a ship's lines etc
"with its sails afoul"
"a foul anchor"

{adj: after-hours} after closing time especially a legally established closing time
"after-hours socializing"
"an after-hours club"

{adj: after-school} outside regular school hours
"a special after-school class"

{adj: aftershafted} having an aftershaft (a small feather at the base of some feathers)

{adj: aged, cured} (used of tobacco) aging as a preservative process (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)

{adj: aged, of age} having attained a specific age; (`aged' is pronounced as one syllable)
"aged ten"
"ten years of age"

{adj: aged, ripened} of wines, fruit, cheeses; having reached a desired or final condition; (`aged' pronounced as one syllable)
"mature well-aged cheeses"

{adj: agglutinative, polysynthetic} forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning

{adj: aggregate, aggregated, aggregative, mass} gathered or tending to gather into a mass or whole
"aggregate expenses include expenses of all divisions combined for the entire year"
"the aggregated amount of indebtedness"

{adj: aggregate} formed of separate units in a cluster
"raspberries are aggregate fruits"

{adj: aggressive, belligerent} characteristic of an enemy or one eager to fight
"aggressive acts against another country"
"a belligerent tone"

{adj: agile, nimble, quick, spry} moving quickly and lightly
"sleek and agile as a gymnast"
"as nimble as a deer"
"nimble fingers"
"quick of foot"
"the old dog was so spry it was halfway up the stairs before we could stop it"

{adj: agitated, tossing} thrown from side to side
"a tossing ship"

{adj: agitative, agitating, provoking} causing or tending to cause anger or resentment
"a provoking delay at the airport"

{adj: agleam, gleaming, nitid} bright with a steady but subdued shining
"from the plane we saw the city below agleam with lights"
"the gleaming brass on the altar"
"Nereids beneath the nitid moon"

{adj: aglitter, coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittering, glittery, scintillant, scintillating, sparkly} having brief brilliant points or flashes of light
"bugle beads all aglitter"
"glinting eyes"
"glinting water"
"his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"
"shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"
"glittery costume jewelry"
"scintillant mica"
"the scintillating stars"
"a dress with sparkly sequins"
"`glistering' is an archaic term"

{adj: aglow, lambent, lucent, luminous} softly bright or radiant
"a house aglow with lights"
"glowing embers"
"lambent tongues of flame"
"the lucent moon"
"a sky luminous with stars"

{adj: agnate, agnatic, paternal} related on the father's side
"a paternal aunt"

{adj: agonistic, agonistical, combative} striving to overcome in argument
"a dialectical and agonistic approach"

{adj: agreeable} conforming to your own liking or feelings or nature
"Is the plan agreeable to you?"
"he's an agreeable fellow"
"My idea of an agreeable person...is a person who agrees with me"- Disraeli
"an agreeable manner"
<-> disagreeable

{adj: agrestic} (of behavior) rustic and uncouth
"the agrestic behavior of a country boy"

{adj: aground} on a shore or reef
"a ship aground offshore"
"a boat aground on the beach waiting for the tide to lift it"
<-> sunken, afloat

{adj: ahead, in the lead, leading} having the leading position or higher score in a contest
"he is ahead by a pawn"
"the leading team in the pennant race"

{adj: ahorse, ahorseback} traveling on horseback
"a file of men ahorseback passed by"

{adj: ailing, indisposed, peaked, poorly, sickly, unwell, under the weather, seedy} somewhat ill or prone to illness
"my poor ailing grandmother"
"feeling a bit indisposed today"
"you look a little peaked"
"feeling poorly"
"a sickly child"
"is unwell and can't come to work"

{adj: aimless, drifting, floating, vagabond, vagrant} continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another
"a drifting double-dealer"
"the floating population"
"vagrant hippies of the sixties"

{adj: air-cooled} cooled by a flow of air
"an air-cooled engine"

{adj: airheaded, dizzy, empty-headed, featherbrained, giddy, light-headed, lightheaded, silly} lacking seriousness; given to frivolity
"a dizzy blonde"
"light-headed teenagers"
"silly giggles"

{adj: airless, close, stuffy, unaired} lacking fresh air
"a dusty airless attic"
"the dreadfully close atmosphere"
"hot and stuffy and the air was blue with smoke"

{adj: akimbo} (used of arms and legs) bent outward with the joint away from the body
"a tailor sitting with legs akimbo"
"stood with arms akimbo"

{adj: akin, kindred, related} similar or related in quality or character
"a feeling akin to terror"
"kindred souls"
"the amateur is closely related to the collector"

{adj: alarmed} experiencing a sudden sense of danger

{adj: alate, alated} (of seeds or insects) having winglike extensions
"alate leaves"
"alate seeds of a maple tree"

{adj: alert} very attentive or observant
"an alert and responsive baby is a joy"
"caught by a couple of alert cops"
"alert enough to spot the opportunity when it came"
"constantly alert and vigilant, like a sentinel on duty"
<-> unalert

{adj: algid} chilly
"a person who is algid is marked by prostration and has cold clammy skin and low blood pressure"

{adj: alien, exotic} being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world
"alien customs"
"exotic plants in a greenhouse"
"exotic cuisine"

{adj: aligned} brought into agreement or cooperation on the side of a faction, party, or cause
<-> nonaligned

{adj: aligned} in a straight line
"pearly teeth evenly aligned"

{adj: aliquot} signifying an exact divisor or factor of a quantity

{adj: alive, live} capable of erupting
"a live volcano"
"the volcano is very much alive"

{adj: alive, live} possessing life
"the happiest person alive"
"the nerve is alive"
"doctors are working hard to keep him alive"
"burned alive"
"a live canary"
<-> dead

{adj: alive} (often followed by `with') full of life and spirit
"she was wonderfully alive for her age"
"a face alive with mischief"

{adj: alkaline, alkalic} relating to or containing an alkali; having a pH greater than 7
"alkaline soils derived from chalk or limestone"
<-> amphoteric, acidic

{adj: alkaline-loving} thriving in a relatively alkaline environment; (especially of plants requiring a pH above 7)
<-> acid-loving

{adj: alkalotic} marked by alkalosis (or a tendency toward alkalosis)

{adj: all-around, all-round, well-rounded} many-sided
"an all-around athlete"
"a well-rounded curriculum"

{adj: all-mains} used of a radio receiver that is adaptable to all voltages
"an all-mains set"

{adj: all-out, full-scale} using all available resources
"all-out war"
"a full-scale campaign against nuclear power plants"

{adj: all-weather} usable or operative or practiced in all kinds of weather
"a good all-weather road"
"all-weather flying"

{adj: allantoid, sausage-shaped} shaped like a sausage

{adj: allergic, hypersensitive, hypersensitized, hypersensitised, sensitized, sensitised, supersensitive, supersensitized, supersensitised} having an allergy or peculiar or excessive susceptibility (especially to a specific factor)
"allergic children"
"hypersensitive to pollen"

{adj: allied, confederate, confederative} united in a confederacy or league

{adj: allochthonous} of rocks, deposits, etc.; found in a place other than where they and their constituents were formed
<-> autochthonous

{adj: allotted} given as a task
"her allotted chores"

{adj: alloyed} (used of metals) blended to obtain a desired property

{adj: alluring, beguiling, enticing, tempting} highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
"an alluring prospect"
"her alluring smile"
"the voice was low and beguiling"
"difficult to say no to an enticing advertisement"
"a tempting invitation"

{adj: all} quantifier; used with either mass or count nouns to indicate the whole number or amount of or every one of a class
"we sat up all night"
"ate all the food"
"all men are mortal"
"all parties are welcome"
<-> some, no

{adj: alone, lone, lonely, solitary} lacking companions or companionship
"he was alone when we met him"
"she is alone much of the time"
"the lone skier on the mountain"
"a lonely fisherman stood on a tuft of gravel"
"a lonely soul"
"a solitary traveler"

{adj: alone, unique, unequaled, unequalled, unparalleled} radically distinctive and without equal
"he is alone in the field of microbiology"
"this theory is altogether alone in its penetration of the problem"
"Bach was unique in his handling of counterpoint"
"craftsmen whose skill is unequaled"
"unparalleled athletic ability"
"a breakdown of law unparalleled in our history"

{adj: alone} isolated from others
"could be alone in a crowded room"
"was alone with her thoughts"
"I want to be alone"

{adj: aloof, distant, upstage} remote in manner
"stood apart with aloof dignity"
"a distant smile"
"he was upstage with strangers"

{adj: alphabetic, alphabetical} relating to or expressed by a writing system that uses an alphabet
"alphabetical writing system"
<-> analphabetic

{adj: alpha} early testing stage of a software or hardware product
"alpha version"

{adj: alpha} first in order of importance
"the alpha male in the group of chimpanzees"
"the alpha star in a constellation is the brightest or main star"

{adj: alterable} (of the punishment ordered by a court) capable of being changed to one less severe

{adj: alternate, alternative} allowing a choice
"an alternative plan"

{adj: alternate} every second one of a series
"the cleaning lady comes on alternate Wednesdays"
"jam every other day"- the White Queen

{adj: alternating} (of a current) reversing direction
"alternating current"
<-> direct

{adj: alternative, mutually exclusive} necessitating a choice between mutually exclusive possibilities
"`either' and `or' in `either this or that'"

{adj: alto} (of a musical instrument) second highest member of a group
"alto clarinet or recorder"

{adj: alveolate, faveolate, cavitied, honeycombed, pitted} pitted with cell-like cavities (as a honeycomb)

{adj: amalgamate, amalgamated, coalesced, consolidated, fused} joined together into a whole
"United Industries"
"the amalgamated colleges constituted a university"
"a consolidated school"

{adj: amateur, recreational, unpaid} engaged in as a pastime
"an amateur painter"
"gained valuable experience in amateur theatricals"
"recreational golfers"
"reading matter that is both recreational and mentally stimulating"
"unpaid extras in the documentary"

{adj: amateurish, amateur, inexpert, unskilled} lacking professional skill or expertise
"a very amateurish job"
"inexpert but conscientious efforts"
"an unskilled painting"

{adj: amatory, amorous, romantic} expressive of or exciting sexual love or romance
"her amatory affairs"
"amorous glances"
"a romantic adventure"
"a romantic moonlight ride"

{adj: amazed, astonied, astonished, astounded, stunned} filled with the emotional impact of overwhelming surprise or shock
"an amazed audience gave the magician a standing ovation"
"I stood enthralled, astonished by the vastness and majesty of the cathedral"
"astounded viewers wept at the pictures from the Oklahoma City bombing"
"stood in stunned silence"
"stunned scientists found not one but at least three viruses"

{adj: amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brown} of a medium to dark brownish yellow color

{adj: ambidextrous, deceitful, double-dealing, duplicitous, Janus-faced, two-faced, double-faced, double-tongued} marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another
"she was a deceitful scheming little thing"- Israel Zangwill
"a double-dealing double agent"
"a double-faced infernal traitor and schemer"- W.M.Thackeray

{adj: ambitious, challenging} requiring full use of your abilities or resources
"ambitious schedule"
"performed the most challenging task without a mistake"

{adj: ambitious} having a strong desire for success or achievement
<-> unambitious

{adj: amblyopic} pertaining to a kind of visual impairment without apparent organic pathology

{adj: ambrosial, ambrosian, nectarous} extremely pleasing to the taste; sweet and fragrant
"a nectarous drink"
"ambrosial food"

{adj: ameboid, amoeboid} like an amoeba (especially in having a variable irregular shape)

{adj: amenable} liable to answer to a higher authority
" the president is amenable to the constitutional court"

{adj: amenable} open to being acted upon in a certain way
"an amenable hospitalization should not result in untimely death"
"the tumor was not amenable to surgical treatment"

{adj: amerciable} of a crime or misdemeanor; punishable by a fine set by a judge

{adj: amethyst} of a moderate purple color

{adj: amiable, good-humored, good-humoured} disposed to please
"an amiable villain with a cocky sidelong grin"- Hal Hinson

{adj: amidship} located in the middle part of a ship or aircraft

{adj: amino, aminic} pertaining to or containing any of a group of organic compounds of nitrogen derived from ammonia

{adj: amitotic} pertaining to a simple method of cell division

{adj: ammino} pertaining to or characteristic of an ammine (an inorganic coordination compound of ammonia and a metallic salt)

{adj: amnesic, amnesiac} suffering from a partial loss of memory

{adj: amoral, unmoral} lacking any sense of moral standards or principles
"a completely amoral person"
<-> moral, immoral

{adj: amorphous, formless, shapeless} having no definite form or distinct shape
"amorphous clouds of insects"
"an aggregate of formless particles"
"a shapeless mass of protoplasm"

{adj: amphibiotic, semiaquatic} having an aquatic early or larval form and a terrestrial adult form

{adj: amphiprostylar, amphiprostyle, amphistylar, porticoed} marked by columniation having free columns in porticoes either at both ends or at both sides of a structure

{adj: amphitropous} (of a plant ovule) partly inverted; turned back 90 degrees on its stalk
<-> anatropous

{adj: amphoric} the sound heard in auscultation resembling the hollow sound made by blowing across the mouth of a bottle
"amphoric breathing indicates a cavity in the lung"

{adj: amphoteric, amphiprotic} having characteristics of both an acid and a base and capable of reacting as either
<-> acidic, alkaline

{adj: ample, copious, plenteous, plentiful, rich} affording an abundant supply
"had ample food for the party"
"copious provisions"
"food is plentiful"
"a plenteous grape harvest"
"a rich supply"

{adj: ample, sizable, sizeable} fairly large
"a sizable fortune"
"an ample waistline"
"of ample proportions"

{adj: amuck, amok, berserk, demoniac, demoniacal, possessed} in a murderous frenzy as if possessed by a demon
"the soldier was completely amuck"
"berserk with grief"
"a berserk worker smashing windows"

{adj: amusing, amusive, diverting, fun} providing enjoyment; pleasantly entertaining
"an amusing speaker"
"a diverting story"
"a fun thing to do"

{adj: amusing, comic, comical, funny, laughable, mirthful, risible} arousing or provoking laughter
"an amusing film with a steady stream of pranks and pratfalls"
"an amusing fellow"
"a comic hat"
"a comical look of surprise"
"funny stories that made everybody laugh"
"a very funny writer"
"it would have been laughable if it hadn't hurt so much"
"a mirthful experience"
"risible courtroom antics"

{adj: anabatic} of an air current or wind; rising especially up a slope
"an anabatic wind"
<-> katabatic

{adj: anaclinal} of valleys and rivers; progressing in a direction opposite to the dip in surrounding rock strata
<-> cataclinal

{adj: anal, anal retentive} a stage in psychosexual development when the child's interest is concentrated on the anal region; fixation at this stage is said to result in orderliness, meanness, stubbornness, compulsiveness, etc.
<-> oral

{adj: analogical} expressing, composed of, or based on an analogy
"the analogical use of a metaphor"

{adj: analogous} corresponding in function but not in evolutionary origin
"the wings of a bee and those of a hummingbird are analogous"
<-> homologous, heterologous

{adj: analogue, analog, linear} of a circuit or device having an output that is proportional to the input
"analogue device"
"linear amplifier"
<-> digital

{adj: analphabetic} relating to or expressed by a writing system that is not alphabetic
<-> alphabetic

{adj: analytic, analytical} of a proposition that is necessarily true independent of fact or experience
"`all spinsters are unmarried' is an analytic proposition"
<-> synthetic

{adj: analytic, analytical} using or skilled in using analysis (i.e., separating a whole--intellectual or substantial--into its elemental parts or basic principles)
"an analytic experiment"
"an analytic approach"
"a keenly analytic man"
"analytical reasoning"


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