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Concept clusters in the subject Positive qualities (Top)
2nd-person sing Able to be done Able to be done (2) Able to be done (3) Able to do something Able to do something (2) Able to do something (3) Able to do something (4) Able to do something (5) Able to resist something Able to sense something Ableism Absent Acclimatization Accustomed to something Acknowledging something Acting honorably Adaptive Adding to a statement Adhesion Adjectives Adverbs After Aging stages Agreement or affirmation Alien Alien (2) Alone or feeling lonely Alone or isolated Antonyms Anywhere else Appropriate Arduous Assembling Assuming Attaining success Attractive appeal Automation Autonomous machines/systems Average or in the middle Before Behavior Being Between Breaking or crushing something Breaking the law Catastrophe Causal effect Causality Cautious Celebration or rejoicing Celebrity Celebrity (2) Certainty Change over time Changeability Chemical composition Chemical properties Cherishing Cliché Closed-mindedness Cognition Cognitive bias is a tendency to pre-judge Commercial off-the-shelf Common sense Communicative approaches Comparing/contrasting Complementary Concession Conflict Connectedness Contentment Continuity Continuous Controversy Correct or just Coterminous Counterclockwise Coziness Crisis Criticizing Debatability Decision-making Degree Degree (2) Degree of amount Degree of comparison Degree or amount Delighted Demeanor Denying or refuting something Dependable Desiring something Determined Deviating from the norm Dexterous Difference Different or unique Differing Diffusion Digression Direction Disconsolate Discriminatory Disobedience Distance or length of time Distinct Distinguishing Divergent variation Diversity or variety Divination Dizzy or lightheaded Doing something immediately Dream-like state Early occurrence Eccentric Egoism Elasticity Elasticity (2) Elderliness Elderly Emotionally invested Emptiness Endless Enigmatic Ephemeral Equal Equivalence Essence Essential Eternal Eternity Exactly Exceedingly well Exceptional Excess Excessive something Excitability Expecting something to happen Expertise Expressing emotion Extra or outside of the norm Extraordinary Extraterritorial Fairly Famous Favoritism Feeling down or depressed Feeling upset or distressed Fit for purpose Fitting Fitting (2) Fixed firmly in place Flexibility Fluidity Fore Fore (2) Foreseeing Foresight Foresight (2) Foresight (3) Foresight (4) Foresightedness Forewarning Frequency or occurrence Full or complete Fullness General or generalizing Generous Genius Giving consent Giving to those in need Going all out Good enough Habit Half something Halfway decent Having X qualities Having a difference of opinion Having a good reputation Having a great amount of power Having a physical body Having a plan or goal in mind Having enough of something Having good luck Having or experiencing a dream Having skillful hands Having standards Having too much of something Having two hands Helpful Here and there Honesty and openness Hopelessness Humility Hyper-doing something Hypothetical Identification Imbalance Imminent Immoral conduct Impressive Improvisation In toto Increasing incrementally Individual's identity Inference Infrequent occurrence Ingly Innate Insufficiency Intelligence Interconnected entities Intermittent events Intrusively Irreligious Jocular Joining together Kindness Knowing or deliberate action Labour Lack Language Language and communication Late or tardy Latest version/model Legitimacy Living or having a livelihood Location Long-term Looking back in time Lower in rank Lucky or happy Making choices or decisions Making comparisons Making something better Malfunctioning Maneuverability Manipulability Maximizing something Mechanical properties Meeting a deadline Memory loss Mighty Mindful responsibility Moment More than usual Necessity Needing to act quickly Negative Negatives Neuroatypicality Never New or fresh Non-intervention Nonstandard English Normal Not accepting something Not being able to do something Not being able to see Not believing in something Not perfect but acceptable Now Obsessive-compulsivity Obsolete Obvious Old or ancient Old-fashioned On time or punctual Ontology Opaque Open-mindedness Operations on sets Opposing Opposing (2) Origin or source Oscillation Ostracized Otherness Out of sync Outside or external Overdoing something Overkill Overly active or excited Oversimplification Overvaluing Partially something Past Paying attention to something Perfectionism Permeability Person's physical appearance Personality Personality types Perspicacity Philanthropy Phlegmatic Phrasing Physical texture Plainness Pleased Positive or favorable Praise Praiseworthy Praising Pre Pre-event/process Preceding in time Predestined Predicting the future Predicting the future (2) Predisposed Preemptive action Prepped Prepping Previously mentioned Primary Primeval Probability Problem-solving Profanity Professional quality Proof or verification Proposing something Proximity Publicly available Punctual Quiet or silent Random decision-making Randomly done Rarity Recurring Recursion Redundant safeguards Reduplication Relatedness Relaxed and tranquil Relevance Relevant Reliable or trustworthy Relics Remembering Reputation-boosting Right or correctness Right-handed Sameness Satiated or full Saying no to something Seeking an explanation Selection Self-criticism Self-referential Self-reliance Self-reliance (2) Self-sufficient Semi-incomplete Sensitivity Sequential Serious and sincere Shapes Shelf life of food Should or ought to Showing sympathy Similarity Simple Simultaneous events Simultaneous existence Slowing down Snobbishness Sometime Soul-searching Specialization Standing out State transition Straight or direct Strong or sturdy Structure Style Subservience Sudden occurrence Super/ultra Superintelligent Suspicion Sympathizingly Synonyms Temporal displacement Tenacity Theft vulnerability Thinking deeply or carefully Thinking or perceiving Thoroughness Thoughtful Thoughtful action Thoughtfully deciding Time Time before Time in the past Timely or prompt Togetherness Tomorrow Too much of something Top-notch Trustworthy Truthful Two or more ideas Two things being the same Unable to see or hear Uncertainty Undeniable truth Under- Unified collaboration Unique Unpleasantness Unpleasantness or difficulty Unpredictability Unpredictable/unstable Unusual Viewpoint Visible/perceivable Visually impaired Voluntarily Wealthy Well-being Where While or during Wisdom Wise Within Working together Worship Wrong or opposed Zero

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Example searches
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(Use pattern:description syntax)
??lon:synthetic fabric
c*:board game

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If you know some letters in the word you're looking for, you can enter a pattern instead of, or in addition to, a description. Here are how patterns work:
  • The asterisk (*) matches any number of letters. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for any part of a word or phrase. For example, if you enter blueb* you'll get all the terms that start with "blueb"; if you enter *bird you'll get all the terms that end with "bird"; if you enter *lueb* you'll get all the terms that contain the sequence "lueb", and so forth. An asterisk can match zero letters, too.
  • The question mark (?) matches exactly one letter. That means that you can use it as a placeholder for a single letter or symbol. The query l?b?n?n,  for example, will find the word "Lebanon".

  • The number-sign (#) matches any English consonant. For example, the query tra#t finds the word "tract" but not "trait".

  • The at-sign (@) matches any English vowel (including "y"). For example, the query abo@t finds the word "about" but not "abort".

  • NEW! The comma (,) lets you combine multiple patterns into one. For example, the query ?????,*y* finds 5-letter words that contain a "y" somewhere, such as "happy" and "rhyme".

  • NEW! Use double-slashes (//) before a group of letters to unscramble them (that is, find anagrams.) For example, the query //soulbeat will find "absolute" and "bales out", and re//teeprsn will find "represent" and "repenters". You can use another double-slash to end the group and put letters you're sure of to the right of it. For example, the query //blabrcs//e will find "scrabble". Question marks can signify unknown letters as usual; for example, //we??? returns 5-letter words that contain a W and an E, such as "water" and "awake".

  • NEW! A minus sign (-) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "exclude these letters". For example, the query sp???-ei finds 5-letter words that start with "sp" but do not contain an "e"or an "i", such as "spoon" and "spray".

  • NEW! A plus sign (+) followed by some letters at the end of a pattern means "restrict to these letters". For example, the query *+ban finds "banana".

  • On OneLook's main search or directly on OneLook Thesaurus, you can combine patterns and thesaurus lookups by putting a colon (:) after a pattern and then typing a description of the word, as in ??lon:synthetic fabric and the other examples above.

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Much gratitude to Gultchin et al for the algorithm behind the "Most funny-sounding" sort order.

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