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Agglutinative   Listen
Agglutinative  adj.  
Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive.
Synonyms: polysynthetic, holophrastic.
(Philol.) Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound. "In agglutinative languages the union of words may be compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective languages to chemical compounds." "Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative languages." "Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness of their roots."

Collaborative International Dictionary of English 0.48

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"Agglutinative" Quotes from Famous Books

... alone." From this developed "monosyllabic speech which was the vowel parent, so to speak, of the monosyllabic languages mixed with hard consonants still in use among the yellow races which are known to the anthropologist. The linguistic characteristics developed into the agglutinative languages.... The inflectional speech, the root of the Sanskrit, was the first language (now the mystery tongue of the Initiates) ...
— AE in the Irish Theosophist • George William Russell

Words linked to "Agglutinative" :   agglutinate, adhesive

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