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clitic

[klit-ik] /ˈklɪt ɪk/ Grammar
adjective
1.
(of a word) functioning as a bound form; closely connected in pronunciation with a preceding or following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
noun
2.
a clitic word; enclitic or proclitic.
Origin of clitic
1945-1950
1945-50; extracted from enclitic and proclitic
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British Dictionary definitions for clitic

clitic

/ˈklɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
(of a word) incapable of being stressed, usually pronounced as if part of the word that follows or precedes it: for example, in French, me, te, and le are clitic pronouns See also proclitic, enclitic
noun
2.
a clitic word
Word Origin
C20: back formation from enclitic and proclitic
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