[ hol-uh-fras-tik, hoh-luh- ]
/ ˌhɒl əˈfræs tɪk, ˌhoʊ lə- /
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using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence.
characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic language.
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Example sentences from the Web for holophrastic
Holophrastic, hol-o-fras′tik, adj. bearing the force of a whole phrase, expressive of a sentence or an idea.
British Dictionary definitions for holophrastic
/ (ˌhɒləˈfræstɪk) /
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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