verb (used with object)
- to apply inflection to (a word).
- to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
verb (used without object)
- inflationary gap,
- inflationary spiral,
- inflationary universe,
- inflection point,
Origin of inflect
Examples from the Web for inflective
It is in this want of inflective grace that English, and more especially French, speakers lose so much of their force.The Young Priest's Keepsake|Michael Phelan
The triple object of the dynamic are the rhythmic, inflective and harmonic forms.
Each of the inflective, harmonic and rhythmic modes has its peculiar law.
We can call such languages inflective, if we like, but we must then be prepared to revise radically our notion of inflective form.
“Fusional” and “symbolic” contrast with “agglutinative,” which is not on a par with “inflective” at all.
Word Origin for inflect
early 15c., "to bend inward," from Latin inflectere (past participle inflexus) "to bend in, bow, curve," figuratively, "to change," from in- "in" (see in- (1)) + flectere "to bend" (see flexible). Grammatical sense is attested 1660s; pronunciation sense (in inflection) is c.1600. Related: Inflected; inflecting.