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singulative

[ sing-gyuh-luh-tiv ]
/ ˈsɪŋ gyə lə tɪv /
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noun

a grammatical form or construction that expresses a singular entity or indicates that an individual is singled out from a group, especially as opposed to a collective noun. Snowflake is the singulative formed from the collective noun snow.

adjective

noting or pertaining to such a form or construction.

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Origin of singulative

First recorded in 1950–55; from French singulatif, equivalent to singulaire + -atif; see origin at singular, -ative
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