isolative

[ ahy-suh-ley-tiv, is-uh- ]
/ ˈaɪ səˌleɪ tɪv, ˈɪs ə- /

adjective

noting a change in part of the sound of a word made independently of the phonetic environment of that part.

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Origin of isolative

First recorded in 1885–90; isolate + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM isolative

un·i·so·la·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for isolative

isolative
/ (ˈaɪsəˌleɪtɪv, ˈaɪsələtɪv) /

adjective

(of a sound change) occurring in all linguistic environments, as the change of Middle English / / to Modern English / /, as in timeCompare combinative (def. 2)
of, relating to, or concerned with isolation
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