the prefix a- or, before a vowel, an-, used in Greek and English to express negation or absence.
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Origin of alpha privative
First recorded in 1580–90
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(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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