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[uh-gloot-n-ey-tiv, uh-gloot-n-uh-] /əˈglut nˌeɪ tɪv, əˈglut n ə-/
tending or having power to agglutinate or unite:
an agglutinative substance.
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 forms
antiagglutinative, adjective
nonagglutinative, adjective Unabridged
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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
  • The Sumerian language was of agglutinative type, radically distinct both from the pure Semitic idioms and from Egyptian.

  • Their language was "agglutinative monosyllabic," with mingled Nigritic and Semitic characteristics.

    The Rand-McNally Bible Atlas Jesse L. Hurlbut
  • Chinese belongs to the former class of languages, the "monosyllabic," Turkish to the latter, the "agglutinative."


    Znade A. Ragozin
  • agglutinative languages do not often possess special adverbial endings.

    Sumerian Hymns Frederick Augustus Vanderburgh
  • By the theory the monosyllabic is lower than the agglutinative, and inherently less useful.

British Dictionary definitions for agglutinative


tending to join or capable of joining
(linguistics) Also agglomerative. denoting languages, such as Hungarian, whose morphology is characterized by agglutination Compare analytic (sense 3), synthetic (sense 3), polysynthetic
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Word Origin and History for agglutinative

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
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agglutinative in Medicine

agglutinative ag·glu·ti·na·tive (ə-glōōt'n-ā'tĭv, -ə-tĭv)
Concerning or characteristic of agglutination.

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