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Concept clusters in the subject Positive qualities (Back)
Able to adapt Able to back something up Able to be advised Able to be done Able to be given Able to change Able to divide something Able to endure something Able to move something Able to see something easily Abstract thinking Accepting Accountability Accountable for something Accumulating over time Achievement Achievement (2) Action Action over time Additionary Adept Advancing Advantageous After After death After in terms of time After the fact Again Again (2) Agreement Alive All Allowed to do something Appear Appearance Approaching Appropriate or fitting Arranging or ordering Arrest Arrogant false wisdom Asking Asking for advice Assimilation Associated with something Attachment Attachment or addition Attention to Attention to detail Attentive Attitude Attribution Banality Basic foundation Before Before (2) Before (3) Before birth Before something else Behaving properly Behind Being Believing in something Beneficial Better than others Between Beyondness Blackmail Blazing a trail Blooming or flowering again Blunt Boasting Breaking something down Broadening Buildable by machine Building something from a kit Built-in Carrying Carrying something by hand Causation Celebrating a victory Celebration Celebrity Ceremony Chance Change Change (2) Changeable Changing something Characterization Checking it out thoroughly Choosing Choosing one thing over another Clarity or understanding Cognition Cognitive biases Comfortable Coming back to life Coming to an agreement Committing to something Companionate Company Company (2) Comparing two or more things Compatibility Competent Completing a task Compulsion Conceivability Concentration Concluding Conditioning Conditions Conformity Connected Consent Conspiracy theories Constructing something from smaller parts Controlling a situation Controlling one's own actions Conventional Coordination Cordial Correcting or making right Correlation Counterbalance Countering an action Countering or opposing Counting Counting (2) Cramming Creating something new Curing or remedying something Curious or inquisitive Custom-made Day Deception through language Deceptive reasoning Decided Decisive Declaration Decorum Defining a boundary Defining or specifying Demonstration Dependent on someone or something Depicting Destiny as being inevitable Different from each other Different from each other (2) Discriminating Disrespecting someone Dividing something into parts Division Doing something again Dominance Dreaming Dropping in Easy to control Eavesdropping Egotistical Emotion Empty space Enjoyment Enlarging Enlarging (2) Enough Entering Entertainment Ephemeral Equality Equality (2) Equilibrium Event Every day Everyday Exaggerated drama Examining something closely Excellence Excellent Exhibition Expectation Experimentation Expert Explainable Explaining something in detail Explaining something in detail (2) Exploiting Exploring Expressing condolences Extending outwards Extra Extroversion Face to face Faithful Fame Fantasy Far away Far away (2) Fashionable Favored or having favor Feasibility Feeling good Feeling good (2) Feeling someone else's pain Filling a void Final Finality First of something Fixing Fixing something Flourishing Focal Foreign or unusual Foresight Foretelling the future Forgiveness Formal Formation Foundation stone Founding something Fresh Front Functional Future Generality Generation in terms of origin Generative Generosity Gentle Gentle or kind Gentleman Getting better Getting or acquiring something Getting the point Getting used to a new climate Giving Giving a speech Giving a warning Giving acknowledgement Giving compliments Giving money to the poor Giving one's agreement Giving or receiving advice Giving someone advice Giving thanks Giving to others Good Good (2) Good judgement Good nature Grinning Guessing based on evidence Guesstimating Guiding Handling a tough situation Handling it Happiness Hard work Having a physical sensation Heart as the seat of emotions Helpful Helping or assisting someone Hero Hinting or implying Hipster fashion Hoarding Honor as a virtue Idealization Identification Imagination Imparting knowledge or ideas Imparting knowledge to others Imparting knowledge to someone Improvising Improvising (2) In charge or in control In control In control (2) Inborn Increasing Increasing in amount or number Incrementalism Injecting Innermost Inserting into Inspecting Installing Instinctual intuition Intellectualism Intelligence or cleverness Intense emotion Intercommunication Interrupting Interrupting speech Intrigue or deception Introducing Introvert Invention Invention or discovery Investigation Inviting someone to an event Invocation Issuing something Joining in with something Joining or connecting together Joining together Joining together in a group Joy Kind-hearted Knowing Knowing or knowledge Knowing something Knowing something well Language Large-hearted Leftover Lighting a fire again Liking or endorsing something Living Living in luxury Living things Long Long (2) Long time ago Longing Looking at something Lot Lot (2) Loyal or faithful Luck Luxury goods Magicians Majesty Making a place one's home Making friends Making it new again Making something happen Making something more regular Making something simpler Maneuvering Master Materiality Maximization Maximum possible Measurement Medals Medically treatable Meeting someone new Memory Memory (2) Memory (3) Memory (4) Mental health Merciful Merit Metaphysical Millionaire Most Most (2) Most important Most of the time Motivated or encouraged Moving apart Moving something Moving up or increasing Moving with swagger Mutual reciprocity Naming Near to something Neat and tidy Necessity Nitpicking over details Nitpicky Noble Normal routine Not being able to be wrong Not believing in a god Not changing Not hidden Not inside Not inside (2) Not joking Not natural Not stopping Not working Obeying Objectification Obligated Obligation Obsessed with something Offering something Old age Old-fashioned Omniscience or all-knowing On point On time One of a kind Open-minded Openness Operation or functioning Opinion Optimality Organization Orientation Ostentatious Out of style Out of time Outside Outstanding Overindulgence Overly cautious Particular Partitioning Passing through something Past tense Pattern Peak Peak or high point Pedantry Perceiving Perfect Perfect happiness Peripheral Permission Person who is morally good Personal conduct Personal name Persuading someone of something Philosophy Physical pain Pile Placing a date on something Planning Plausible Pleasurable Polite Pondering Popular Possession Possession (2) Pragmatism Praise Praise (2) Praise (3) Praising Pre- Pre- (2) Pre- meaning before surgery Pre- or before Preceding Precise or exact Precision Predicting the future Predicting the future (2) Predicting the future (3) Predicting the future (4) Predicting the future (5) Prejudice Prejudice as a noun Preliminary Premeditated Previous mention Previous or before in time Priceless Primitive Priority Prizes Probability Producing something Projecting something Prosperity Protecting Protector Proud or having pride Provable Providing comfort Prudish Pseudonymity Punishing someone Pursuing pleasure Putting something to use Questioning Rationality Rationality (2) Re- Re-entering Reaching a destination Readability Readiness Reading for understanding Reality Reality (2) Reasonableness Reasoning Reasoning (2) Reasoning (3) Reciprocity Reclaiming something Recovery Recreation Recurring at regular intervals Recycling Redemption Rehabilitation Rejoining Relinquishing Remaining Repeating Reputation Requiring or demanding Rescue Rescuing Resilience Respectful Responding to something Result of an action Retrieving something Returning or going back Revealing a secret Revealing information Right or correct Room Safe or feeling safe Sameness Sameness (2) Satisfaction Saving Saving up Say being sure Say comparing and contrasting Say that something is true Saying hello Saying something again Saying something is good Saying yes Scalability Secondary Seeming Seizing Self-assembly Self-awareness Self-centered Self-confidence Self-contradiction Self-deception Self-determined Self-evident Self-improvement Self-reliance Self-sufficiency Selflessness Sensing or feeling Short Short period of time Short period of time (2) Shouting in approval Showing Similarity Simultaneity Sitting down Skill Skill set Sly or cunning Smart Smiling Social Solution that is not ideal Solving problems Something growing Something happening because of another thing Something happening by chance Something happening by chance (2) Something happening by chance (3) Something happening off and on Something moving Something that can be done Something that is fixable Something that is solid Something that is worth noting Sorting Specialization Spells or sorcery Stack Standardization Standing Starting something new Starting to work on something Storing something in a place Strategy Streetwise Studying old things Stumbling upon it Substitute words Substitution Summing up Superhumans Supplying with provisions Support Susceptible to influence Sustenance Swearing Switching places Tactile sensation Taking care of someone or something Taking responsibility Taming or making tame Teachable Teaching or conveying morality Telling others about something Temporality Tendency Tenderhearted Testing something out Thaumaturgy or theurgy They all have the same root Thinking ahead Thinking highly of someone or something Thinking up an idea This world Thorough Time Time (2) Time in the past To focus on someone or something To say handing an object to another person Tomorrow Too eager to please Tracing back Transformable into each other Transforming Traveling by foot Traversing Treating people equally Triumph Trusting someone with a secret Trustworthy Turn-taking Turning around Turning point Two options Two things being alike Two things being equal Two things being side by side Unifying Uniqueness Universality Unspecified Updating Used Usurping Validation Valuable because old Variety Verifying Very old Video games Vigilance Visible Vision Visitation Vocal praise Waiting in a queue Waiting patiently Wealthy Weighing something Welcoming Welcoming to strangers Well Wellness Willing or choosing something Wisdom Wishing or wanting something With intent Wonderful Wordy Wordy (2) Work as a verb Work or effort Worth Worth measuring Worthwhile

This subjext index is an experimental OneLook feature. We've grouped words and phrases into thousands of clusters based on a statistical analysis of how they are used in writing. Some of the words and concepts may be vulgar or offensive. The names of the subjects were written automatically and may not precisely describe every word within the cluster.

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

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  • 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.
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  • 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".

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

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