1. (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.
  1. a word placed before another as a modifier or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence.

Origin of prepositive

First recorded in 1575–85, prepositive is from the Late Latin word praepositīvus prefixed. See preposition1, -ive
Related formspre·pos·i·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for prepositive

Historical Examples of prepositive

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for prepositive


  1. (of a word or speech element) placed before the word governed or modified
  1. a prepositive element
Derived Formsprepositively, adverb
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