- 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
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- omission of a repeated occurrence of a sound or syllable in fluent speech, as for example in the pronunciation of library as (ˈlaɪbrɪ)
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Word Origin and History for haplology
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