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polysynthetic

[ pol-ee-sin-thet-ik ]
/ ˌpɒl i sɪnˈθɛt ɪk /
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adjective

(of a language) characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of affixes to express syntactic relationships and meanings. Many American Indian languages are polysynthetic.Compare analytic (def. 3), synthetic (def. 3).
of or relating to polysynthesism.

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Origin of polysynthetic

1795–1805; <Late Greek polysýnthet(os) much compounded + -ic. See poly-, synthetic
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British Dictionary definitions for polysynthetic

polysynthetic
/ (ˌpɒlɪsɪnˈθɛtɪk) /

adjective

denoting languages, such as Inuktitut, in which single words may express the meaning of whole phrases or clauses by virtue of multiple affixesCompare synthetic (def. 3), analytic (def. 3), agglutinative (def. 2)
polysynthesis (ˌpɒlɪˈsɪnθɪsɪs), nounpolysynthesism, nounpolysynthetically, adverb
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