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opposite of brave

English translation: cowardly

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English term or phrase:opposite of brave
English translation:cowardly
Entered by: patsyarmando
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15:28 Feb 22, 2009
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English term or phrase: opposite of brave
I need an adjective to define a person who`s not "brave" to face whatever happens to him.
I`m not sure if fearful can be used here.
patsyarmando
Local time: 02:00
cowardly
Explanation:
There may be other possibilitirs, but I think this is the most obvious one.

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Note added at 59 mins (2009-02-22 16:28:12 GMT)
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"A person who is afraid to face what might happen to him" might be what you want.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:00
Grading comment
I think this is the most suitable answer. Thanks
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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Summary of answers provided
4 +15cowardly
Jack Doughty


Discussion entries: 2





  

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2 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +15
cowardly


Explanation:
There may be other possibilitirs, but I think this is the most obvious one.

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Note added at 59 mins (2009-02-22 16:28:12 GMT)
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"A person who is afraid to face what might happen to him" might be what you want.

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:00
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 366
Grading comment
I think this is the most suitable answer. Thanks

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Egil Presttun
0 min
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agree  Andrew Fanko: Absolutely!
3 mins
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agree  William [Bill] Gray: Right on!
5 mins
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agree  Jeanette Phillips
20 mins
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agree  Maria Mandulova: "Fearful" is different - causing fear, not full of fear
24 mins
  -> Thank you. No, fearful, of a person, does normally mean having fear rather than causing it. But it can be used in the latter meaning in a fearful battle, for example.

agree  Sabine Akabayov, PhD
27 mins
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agree  Mark Nathan: agree with Nesrin too - "not brave enough/too cowardly to do something".
27 mins
  -> Thank you. Yes, it would be better to have the context.

agree  Kay Barbara: Yes, or "a chicken", not an adjective though ;)
28 mins
  -> Thank you. "Chicken" can be used as an adjective in this meaning, but it's a colloquialism.

agree  Suzan Hamer: And with Nesrin. Gutless, spineless, craven, pusillanimous, faint-hearted are other possibilities, depending on context and intention. After seeing your additional comment, I might say the person is in denial; refuses to admit there is a problem at all.
33 mins
  -> Thank you. Yes.

agree  Rosina Peixoto
36 mins
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agree  Lily Waters
48 mins
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agree  Patricia Townshend
56 mins
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agree  EdithK
3 hrs
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agree  Phong Le
9 hrs
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agree  Pham Huu Phuoc
17 hrs
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neutral  Dian Kjærgaard: Yes, cowardly is a good opposite of the adjective brave. But if we're talking about a verbal phrase (isn't brave enough to face up), then a good equivalent would be "doesn't have the courage to ...". See also Nesrin's and patsyarmondo's clarifications.
19 hrs
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