[ pohst-puh-zish-uh n, pohst-puh-zish-uh n ]
/ ˌpoʊst pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˈpoʊst pəˌzɪʃ ən /


the act of placing after.
the state of being so placed.
  1. the use of words, particles, or affixes following the elements they modify or govern, as of the adjective general in attorney general, or of the particle e “to” in Japanese Tokyo e “to Tokyo.”
  2. a word, particle, or affix so used.

Origin of postposition

1540–50; post- + position or (pre)position1
Related formspost·po·si·tion·al, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for postposition


/ (ˌpəʊstpəˈzɪʃən) /


placement of a modifier or other speech element after the word that it modifies or to which it is syntactically related
a word or speech element so placed
Derived Formspostpositional, adjectivepostpositionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for postposition



"act of placing after, 1630s, from post- + position (n.). Related: Postpositional.

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