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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

No M-W is neither outdated or unreliable. It has an active staff of lexicographers working day and... well day... adding news words, marking old ones as obsolete, etc. It is the most reliable American ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

Tangential to the original question, which remains valid, I want to note here that you've misunderstood Araucaria's comment. I don't think Araucaria is anti-Webster, they were responding to a comment ...
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Is Merriam Webster dictionary an outdated and unreliable dictionary?

The only thing I can think of to quibble with is the fact that MW uses its own special notation to describe pronunciations, instead of using IPA. On the other hand, the IPA transcriptions used by ...
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Is the "second" ("secondary") definition any less the definition than the first one? What do you call this?

In most dictionaries, the closer a definition is to the top of the entry, the more common it is in usage (or at least according to the opinions of the editors). However, this is not the case with the ...
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What resources to use for understanding archaic English usage?

Dictionaries can get you pretty far if you know how to use them. With late Middle English and Early Modern English, most of the words are spelled the same except for the vowels, which may be different ...
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