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inflect

[in-flekt] /ɪnˈflɛkt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to modulate (the voice).
2.
Grammar.
  1. to apply inflection to (a word).
  2. to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
3.
to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
4.
Botany. to bend in.
verb (used without object)
5.
Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
Origin of inflect
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English inflecten < Latin inflectere to bend in, equivalent to in- in-2 + flectere to bend, curve; cf. flex1
Related forms
inflectedness, noun
inflective, adjective
inflector, noun
noninflected, adjective
uninflected, adjective
uninflective, adjective
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  • The Rubric, therefore, ordered that the Lessons should be said to uninflected song.

    Rites and Ritual Philip Freeman
  • It was scarcely a question; Cloud's voice was level, uninflected.

    The Vortex Blaster Edward Elmer Smith
  • Again Mrs. Bindle's hard, uninflected words sounded like the accents of destiny.

    Mrs. Bindle Hebert Jenkins
  • All other adjectives are uninflected in the singular: the termination in all cases of the pl.

  • But in this age of uninflected speech the louder the click of the type-machine the better the style.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • In uninflected languages, like English and Chinese, there is nothing but the order of the words to distinguish their functions.

    Instigations Ezra Pound
  • It is, as has been previously shown, uninflected in the genitive or possessive case.

  • It is as important to learn the right inflected forms of a word as to learn the uninflected word.

  • These are properly the only degrees, though the simple, uninflected form is usually called the positive degree.

    An English Grammar W. M. Baskervill and J. W. Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for uninflected

inflect

/ɪnˈflɛkt/
verb
1.
(grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
2.
(transitive) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
3.
(transitive) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
Derived Forms
inflectedness, noun
inflective, adjective
inflector, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin inflectere to curve round, alter, from flectere to bend
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Word Origin and History for uninflected
adj.

1713, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of inflect.

inflect

v.

early 15c., "to bend inward," from Latin inflectere (past participle inflexus) "to bend in, bow, curve," figuratively, "to change," from in- "in" (see in- (1)) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is c.1600. Related: Inflected; inflecting.

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