[ ahy-suh-ley-tiv, is-uh- ]
/ ˈaɪ səˌleɪ tɪv, ˈɪs ə- /
noting a change in part of the sound of a word made independently of the phonetic environment of that part.
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OTHER WORDS FROM isolativeun·i·so·la·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for isolative
/ (ˈaɪsəˌleɪtɪv, ˈaɪsələtɪv) /
(of a sound change) occurring in all linguistic environments, as the change of Middle English / iː / to Modern English / aɪ /, as in timeCompare combinative (def. 2)
of, relating to, or concerned with isolation
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