[ hap-lol-uh-jee ]
/ hæpˈlɒl ə dʒi /

noun Linguistics.

the omission of one of two similar adjacent syllables or sounds in a word, as in substituting morphonemic for morphophonemic or in the pronunciation [prob-lee] /ˈprɒb li/ for probably.

Origin of haplology

Related forms

hap·lo·log·ic [hap-luh-loj-ik] /ˌhæp ləˈlɒdʒ ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for haplology


/ (hæpˈlɒlədʒɪ) /


omission of a repeated occurrence of a sound or syllable in fluent speech, as for example in the pronunciation of library as (ˈlaɪbrɪ)

Derived Forms

haplologic (ˌhæpləˈlɒdʒɪk), adjective
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