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alpha privative

noun
1.
the prefix a- or, before a vowel, an-, used in Greek and English to express negation or absence.
Origin of alpha privative
1580-1590
First recorded in 1580-90
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British Dictionary definitions for alpha privative

alpha privative

noun
1.
(in Greek grammar) the letter alpha (or an- before vowels) used as a negative or privative prefix. It appears in English words derived from Greek, as in atheist, anaesthetic
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