[ proh-klit-ik ]
/ proʊˈklɪt ɪk /


(of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.


a proclitic word.

Nearby words

  1. prochymosin,
  2. procidentia,
  3. proclaim,
  4. proclamation,
  5. proclinate,
  6. proclivity,
  7. proclus,
  8. procne,
  9. procoagulant,
  10. procollagen

Origin of proclitic

1840–50; < New Latin proclīticus; modeled on enclitic; see pro-2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for proclitic


/ (prəʊˈklɪtɪk) /


  1. relating to or denoting a monosyllabic word or form having no stress or accent and pronounced as a prefix of the following word, as in English 't for it in 'twas
  2. (in classical Greek) relating to or denoting a word that throws its accent onto the following word


a proclitic word or form
Compare enclitic

Word Origin for proclitic

C19: from New Latin proclīticus, from Greek proklinein to lean forwards; formed on the model of enclitic

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Word Origin and History for proclitic



1846, from Medieval Latin procliticus, formed on analogy of encliticus from Greek proklinein "to lean forward," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + klinein "to lean" (see lean (v.)).

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