- (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.
- a word placed before another as a modifier or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence.
Origin of prepositive
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Of these component parts, the former may be conveniently named the Prepositive, the latter the Subjunctive term.
Words beginning with a Lingual when the Prepositive term ends in n; 3.
- (of a word or speech element) placed before the word governed or modified
- a prepositive element
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