1. an indirect (and usually malicious) implication

    Synonyms : insinuation
    Type Of : implication


  1. the quality of disagreeing; being unsuitable and inappropriate

    Synonyms : incongruousness
    Antonyms : congruity
    Type Of : incompatibility


  1. an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events

    Synonyms : origin, origination
    Type Of : beginning


  1. a phenomenon that follows and is caused by some previous phenomenon

    Synonyms : consequence, effect, event, outcome, result, upshot
    Type Of : phenomenon
  2. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

    Synonyms : payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings, yield
    Type Of : income
  3. circulate or distribute or equip with

    Synonyms : supply
    Antonyms : recall
    Type Of : distribute
    Examples :
    • issue a new uniform to the children
  4. come out of

    Synonyms : come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth
    Examples :
    • Water issued from the hole in the wall
  5. the act of issuing printed materials

    Synonyms : publication
    Type Of : printing
  6. one of a series published periodically

    Synonyms : number
    Type Of : periodical
    Examples :
    • she found an old issue of the magazine in her dentist's waiting room
  7. an opening that permits escape or release

    Synonyms : exit, outlet, way out
    Type Of : opening
    Examples :
    • the canyon had only one issue
  8. the becoming visible

    Synonyms : egress, emergence
    Type Of : beginning
  9. prepare and issue for public distribution or sale

    Synonyms : bring out, publish, put out, release
    Type Of : publicise, air, publicize, bare
  10. supplies (as food or clothing or ammunition) issued by the government

    Synonyms : government issue, military issue
    Type Of : stock, store, fund
  11. the immediate descendants of a person

    Synonyms : offspring, progeny
    Type Of : relative, relation
    Examples :
    • he died without issue
  12. the act of providing an item for general use or for official purposes (usually in quantity)

    Synonyms : issuance, issuing
    Type Of : supplying, provision, supply
    Examples :
    • a new issue of stamps
    • the last issue of penicillin was over a month ago
  13. make out and issue

    Synonyms : cut, make out, write out
    Type Of : write
  14. some situation or event that is thought about

    Synonyms : matter, subject, topic
    Type Of : mental object, cognitive content, content
  15. an important question that is in dispute and must be settled

    Type Of : mental object, cognitive content, content
    Examples :
    • the issue could be settled by requiring public education for everyone
    • politicians never discuss the real issues
  16. bring out an official document (such as a warrant)

    Type Of : intercommunicate, communicate


  1. not permitting extrication; incapable of being disentangled or untied

    Antonyms : extricable
    Examples :
    • an inextricable knot
    • inextricable unity


  1. reciprocal action and reaction

    Type Of : interaction


  1. the official who holds an office

    Synonyms : officeholder
    Type Of : official, holder, functionary
  2. currently holding an office

    Examples :
    • the incumbent governor
  3. lying or leaning on something else

    Examples :
    • an incumbent geological formation
  4. necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding

    Examples :
    • it is incumbent on them to pay their own debts


  1. normally existing at birth

    Synonyms : connatural, inbred
  2. present at birth but not necessarily hereditary; acquired during fetal development

    Synonyms : congenital, innate


  1. deciduous subshrub of southeastern Asia having pinnate leaves and clusters of red or purple flowers; a source of indigo dye

    Synonyms : indigo plant, indigofera tinctoria
    Type Of : bush, shrub
  2. a blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically

    Synonyms : anil, indigotin
    Type Of : dye, dyestuff
  3. a blue-violet color

    Type Of : reddish blue, violet
  4. having a color between blue and violet

    Examples :
    • indigo flowers

in general

  1. without distinction of one from others

    Synonyms : generally, in the main
    Examples :
    • he is interested in snakes in general