[ suh-plee-tiv, suhp-li-tiv ]
/ səˈpli tɪv, ˈsʌp lɪ tɪv /

adjective Grammar.

serving as an inflected form of a word with a totally different stem, as went, the suppletive past of go.
including one or more such forms: a suppletive paradigm.
characterized by the use of such forms: suppletive inflection.

Nearby words

  1. supplementary angle,
  2. supplementary angles,
  3. supplementary story,
  4. supplementation,
  5. suppletion,
  6. suppletory,
  7. supplex,
  8. suppliance,
  9. suppliancy,
  10. suppliant

Origin of suppletive

1810–20; < Medieval Latin supplētīvus, equivalent to Latin supplēt(us) (past participle of supplēre to fill up; see suppletion) + -īvus -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019