- using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence.
- characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic language.
Origin of holophrastic
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Holophrastic, hol-o-fras′tik, adj. bearing the force of a whole phrase, expressive of a sentence or an idea.
- denoting the stage in a child's acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
- (of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic
Word Origin for holophrastic
C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express
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