- (of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
- a proclitic word.
Origin of proclitic
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- relating to or denoting a monosyllabic word or form having no stress or accent and pronounced as a prefix of the following word, as in English 't for it in 'twas
- (in classical Greek) relating to or denoting a word that throws its accent onto the following word
- a proclitic word or form
C19: from New Latin proclīticus, from Greek proklinein to lean forwards; formed on the model of enclitic
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Word Origin and History for proclitic
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