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would-be

  

      adj   prenominal  
1    Usually derogatory   wanting or professing to be  
a would-be politician     
2    intended to be  
would-be generosity     
      n  
3    Derogatory   a person who wants or professes to be something that he is not  
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would-be

  
  
budding, dormant, latent, manqué, potential, professed, quasi-, self-appointed, self-styled, so-called, soi-disant, undeveloped, unfulfilled, unrealized  

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would, woundable, wouldst, wold

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