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polysynthetic

[ pol-ee-sin-thet-ik ]
/ 藢p蓲l i s瑟n藞胃蓻t 瑟k /
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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鈥1805; <Late Greek polys媒nthet(os) much compounded + -ic. See poly-, synthetic
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British Dictionary definitions for polysynthetic

polysynthetic
/ (藢p蓲l瑟s瑟n藞胃蓻t瑟k) /

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)

Derived forms of polysynthetic

polysynthesis (藢p蓲l瑟藞s瑟n胃瑟s瑟s), nounpolysynthesism, nounpolysynthetically, adverb
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