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v. con·fused, con·fus·ing, con·fus·es
a. To cause to be unable to think with clarity or act with intelligence or understanding; bewilder or perplex.
b. Archaic To cause to feel embarrassment.
a. To fail to differentiate (one person or thing) from another: confused effusiveness with affection.
b. To make more complex or difficult to understand: "The old labels ... confuse debate instead of clarifying it" (Christopher Lasch).
To make something unclear or incomprehensible: a new tax code that only confuses.

[Middle English confusen, from Old French confus, perplexed, from Latin cōnfūsus, past participle of cōnfundere, to mix together; see confound.]

con·fus′a·ble adj.
con·fus′ing·ly adv.
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Adj.1.confusable - so similar as to be easily identified for another thing; "potentially confusable senses of words"; "easily mistakable signals"
similar - marked by correspondence or resemblance; "similar food at similar prices"; "problems similar to mine"; "they wore similar coats"
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Medical uncertainties come in different flavors and shapes, but its impact which comes along the lines of class overlap or confusable symptoms is of interest to us.
Where RFW has 20 or more potentially confusable words and phrases that are meaningful in every choice cycle, MM has exactly two phonemically distinct task words, the maximum necessary to provide each player with uniquely recognizable speech.
Capital manuscript L became a confusable while I had no trouble with manuscript letter Ss in cursive.
However, for FA-LDA algorithm the weights of this easily separated class are small and more attention is on the confusable classes.
Yet there are at least half a dozen confusable cognates and cousins of 'misterie 2' that merit investigation.
word maturity, word variety, and confusable words), grammar (e.
In order for M101 and M102 to be confusable they must be fairly close together.
A number of facts suggest, nevertheless, that the average length of the Portuguese brand names may be appropriate: 1) the brand names slightly longer than the average Portuguese words (or the names with 3 or 4 syllables) (26,27), are possibly more appropriate to feature on the outer packaging and to use within the text of the package leaflets, because presumably these names will be better distinguished and less confusable, 2) overly long names (namely names with more than 4 syllables) are not advisable so as to assure their adequate memorization, recall and pronunciation (10-12), because longer words take more time to be identified (e.
A similar argument has been put forward by Adolphs (2002), who has pointed out that negative expressions are more difficult to recognize and more easily confusable because the corresponding facial configurations include facial movements that are common with other expressions.
For example, the mental lexicon is known to store entries "in waves", with confusable entries usually having similar beginnings and similar endings (e.
The important takeaway from the Board's latest decision is that third-party registrations alone are considered of no probative value on whether two marks at issue are confusable, absent proof of the nature and extent of the third-party use.
Trace element nutrient field testing soil fertility profile modelling alien as suburb to suck in fallout like hydro which was just showing up around then, or amphetamine go-getter injected in ammoniated toilets, confusable with powders raining down from clothes, hair, environs: the cut.