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suppletion

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noun sup·ple·tion \sə-ˈplē-shən\

Definition of suppletion

  1. :  the occurrence of phonemically unrelated allomorphs of the same morpheme (as went as the past tense of go or better as the comparative form of good)

suppletive play \sə-ˈplē-tiv, ˈsə-plə-\ adjective


Origin of suppletion

Medieval Latin suppletion-, suppletio act of supplementing, from Latin supplēre


First Known Use: 1914


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