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agglutinative

[uh-gloot-n-ey-tiv, uh-gloot-n-uh-]
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adjective
  1. tending or having power to agglutinate or unite: an agglutinative substance.
  2. Linguistics. pertaining to or noting a language, as Turkish, characterized by agglutination.Compare inflectional(def 2), isolating.

Origin of agglutinative

First recorded in 1625–35; agglutinate + -ive
Related formsan·ti·ag·glu·ti·na·tive, adjectivenon·ag·glu·ti·na·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for agglutinative

Historical Examples

  • With regard to syntax, the Basque resembles all agglutinative languages.

    Basque Legends

    Wentworth Webster

  • The juxtaposing technique we may call an “agglutinative” one, if we like.

    Language

    Edward Sapir

  • They spoke an agglutinative language, and resembled the Chinese very much both in physical type and in character.

    Human Origins

    Samuel Laing

  • Their absence, however, is readily explained by the persistence of the agglutinative principle, which renders them unnecessary.

    Man, Past and Present

    Agustus Henry Keane

  • The main differences shown by these varieties are agglutinative differences.

    Food Poisoning

    Edwin Oakes Jordan


British Dictionary definitions for agglutinative

agglutinative

adjective
  1. tending to join or capable of joining
  2. Also: agglomerative linguistics denoting languages, such as Hungarian, whose morphology is characterized by agglutinationCompare analytic (def. 3), synthetic (def. 3), polysynthetic
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Word Origin and History for agglutinative

adj.

1630s, in a medical sense, from Latin agglutinat-, past participle stem of agglutinare (see agglutination). Philological sense is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

agglutinative in Medicine

agglutinative

(ə-glōōtn-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv)
adj.
  1. Concerning or characteristic of agglutination.
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