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prepositive

[ pree-poz-i-tiv ]
/ priˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /
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adjective

(of a word) placed before another word to modify it or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence. In red book, red is a prepositive adjective. John's in John's book is a prepositive genitive.

noun

a word placed before another as a modifier or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence.

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Origin of prepositive

First recorded in 1575–85, prepositive is from the Late Latin word praepositīvus prefixed. See preposition1, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM prepositive

pre·pos·i·tive·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for prepositive

  • Of these component parts, the former may be conveniently named the Prepositive, the latter the Subjunctive term.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart
  • Words beginning with a Lingual when the Prepositive term ends in n; 3.

    Elements of Gaelic Grammar|Alexander Stewart

British Dictionary definitions for prepositive

prepositive
/ (priːˈpɒzɪtɪv) /

adjective

(of a word or speech element) placed before the word governed or modified

noun

a prepositive element

Derived forms of prepositive

prepositively, adverb
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