[ pohst-poz-i-tiv ]

  1. (of a word, particle, or affix) placed after a word to modify it or to show its relation to other elements of a sentence.

  1. a postpositive word, particle, or affix; postposition.

Origin of postpositive

1780–90; <Latin postpositus (past participle of postpōnere;see postpone, position) + -ive

Other words from postpositive

  • post·pos·i·tive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby postpositive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for postpositive


/ (pəʊstˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

  1. (of an adjective or other modifier) placed after the word modified, either immediately after, as in two men abreast, or as part of a complement, as in those men are bad

  1. a postpositive modifier

Derived forms of postpositive

  • postpositively, adverb

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