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yuriythebest
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 7:11:28 PM
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not sure about the spelling, and not it doesn't mean "on it's feet or moving"

sample sentence:
resistance to this change in meaning has become ?afeet?
grammargeek
Posted: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:04:44 PM
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yuriythebest wrote:
not sure about the spelling, and not it doesn't mean "on it's feet or moving"

sample sentence:
resistance to this change in meaning has become ?afeet?


"Afeet" is not a word; "afoot" is. The word "afoot" would conform to your definition but would not make sense in the context of your sample sentence.

Since you are unsure of the spelling of the word that sounds like "afeet," then I would think you may be searching for the word "effete." Try changing your sample sentence to this:
Resistance to this change in meaning has become effete.
The meaning would be that resistance to change has become unproductive.

I will admit that "effete" is not a word I use often, so if I am using it incorrectly in some way, then I hope another member will enlighten us both.
Luftmarque
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 1:10:00 AM

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yuriythebest wrote:
not sure about the spelling, and not it doesn't mean "on it's feet or moving"
sample sentence:
resistance to this change in meaning has become ?afeet?

I'm pretty sure that yuriythebest must have the word afoot in mind. The only use of this I can recall is from Sherlock Holmes, "the game's afoot." The word doesn't really work in this sentence, which seems to want something more like widespread. The meaning of effete has more to do with something being weakened and doesn't make sense here either.
yuriythebest
Posted: Wednesday, June 24, 2009 3:24:57 AM
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grammargeek wrote:

Resistance to this change in meaning has become effete.
The meaning would be that resistance to change has become unproductive.



yess! that's the one! thanks!

effete
Quote:
1. Depleted of vitality, force, or effectiveness; exhausted: the final, effete period of the baroque style.
2. Marked by self-indulgence, triviality, or decadence: an effete group of self-professed intellectuals.
3. Overrefined; effeminate.
4. No longer productive; infertile.
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