the formation of a word by the addition of a derivational suffix to a phrase or compound, as of greathearted, which is great heart plus -ed.
the formation of a word by the addition of both a prefix and a derivational suffix to a word or stem, as demoralize.
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formation of words by means of compounding a phrase and adding an affix, as for example light-headed, which is light + head with the affix -ed
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