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postpositive

[ pohst-poz-i-tiv ]
/ poʊstˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
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adjective

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

noun

a postpositive word, particle, or affix; postposition.

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for postpositive

postpositive
/ (pəʊstˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

adjective

(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

noun

a postpositive modifier

Derived forms of postpositive

postpositively, adverb
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