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demarcative

[ dih-mahr-key-tiv, dee-mahr-key- ]
/ dɪˈmɑr keɪ tɪv, ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪ- /

adjective Linguistics.

(of a phonological feature) serving to indicate the beginning or end of each successive word in an utterance, as word-initial stress in Hungarian or penultimate stress in Polish.

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Nearby words

demanding, demandingly, demantoid, demarcate, demarcation, demarcative, demarche, demark, demarket, demarketing, demassify
Also de·mar·ca·tion·al [dee-mahr-key-shuh-nl] /ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪ ʃə nl/.

Origin of demarcative

First recorded in 1950–55; demarcate + -ive
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019