- to modulate (the voice).
- to apply inflection to (a word).
- to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
- to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
- Botany. to bend in.
- Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
Origin of inflect
Examples from the Web for inflective
Each of the inflective, harmonic and rhythmic modes has its peculiar law.
The mere fact of fusion does not seem to satisfy us as a clear indication of the inflective process.
We can call such languages inflective, if we like, but we must then be prepared to revise radically our notion of inflective form.
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
When the head has a serious part to play, it communicates an inflective movement to the hand, which renders it terrible.
- (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
- (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
- (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
Word Origin and History for inflective
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.