regressive assimilation

noun Phonetics.

assimilation in which a following sound has an effect on a preceding one, as in pronouncing have in have to as [haf] /hæf/, influenced by the voiceless (t) in to.

Nearby words

  1. regreet,
  2. regress,
  3. regression,
  4. regression analysis,
  5. regressive,
  6. regressive staining,
  7. regressive tax,
  8. regressively,
  9. regressivity,
  10. regret

Origin of regressive assimilation

First recorded in 1885–90

Also called anticipatory assimilation. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019