[ pree-poz-i-tiv ]
/ priˈpɒz ɪ tɪv /


(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.

Nearby words

  1. prepose,
  2. preposition,
  3. prepositional,
  4. prepositional phrase,
  5. prepositional verb,
  6. prepositor,
  7. prepossess,
  8. prepossessing,
  9. prepossession,
  10. preposterous

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. 2019

Examples 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


/ (priːˈpɒzɪtɪv) /


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


a prepositive element
Derived Formsprepositively, adverb

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