progressive assimilation

noun Phonetics.

assimilation in which a preceding sound has an effect on a following one, as in shortening captain to cap'm rather than cap'n.

Nearby words

  1. progress payment,
  2. progression,
  3. progressionist,
  4. progressist,
  5. progressive,
  6. progressive bulbar paralysis,
  7. progressive cataract,
  8. progressive cerebral poliodystrophy,
  9. progressive conservative,
  10. progressive conservative party

Origin of progressive assimilation

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019