[pohst-puh-zish-uh n, pohst-puh-zish-uh n]
- the act of placing after.
- the state of being so placed.
- the use of words, particles, or affixes following the elements they modify or govern, as of the adjective general in attorney general, or of the particle e “to” in Japanese Tokyo e “to Tokyo.”
- a word, particle, or affix so used.
Origin of postposition
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Examples from the Web for postposition
The accusative case in nouns is marked by a postposition, ku, as in Hindustani.
Note that ra may be taken as a postposition of the genitive as well as phonetic complement (see on line 3).
If ra were a postposition, it would follow the suffix bi (on which see Hymn to Sin, line 27).
The postposition pampa, ixtli, the face, and the first possessive pronoun no.
When the noun to which they are suffixed has a double form, the postposition is added to the short form.The Mafulu
Robert W. Williamson
- placement of a modifier or other speech element after the word that it modifies or to which it is syntactically related
- a word or speech element so placed
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Word Origin and History for postposition
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