This is an error I often encounter: “The movie is more like a spinoff than a full-pledged sequel.”

The correct term is actually full-fledged.

From the New Oxford American dictionary:

completely developed or established; of full status
Example: coldlike symptoms that never quite develop into a full-fledged cold

The term has its roots in the adjective fledged, which means a young bird having wing feathers that are large enough for flight. On a figurative level, the term fledged refers to a person or thing that have just taken on the role specified. Example: Our discipline is so new fledged that the FBI had to take its cases to the Smithsonian for analysis.

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