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postposition

[ pohst-puh-zish-uhn, pohst-puh-zish-uhn ]
/ ˌpoʊst pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˈpoʊst pəˌzɪʃ ən /
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noun

the act of placing after.
the state of being so placed.
Grammar.
  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.

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Origin of postposition

1540–50; post- + position or (pre)position1

OTHER WORDS FROM postposition

post·po·si·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for postposition

postposition
/ (ˌpəʊstpəˈzɪʃən) /

noun

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 forms of postposition

postpositional, adjectivepostpositionally, adverb
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