afformative

1 of 2

noun

af·​for·​ma·​tive
a-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv,
ə-
plural -s
: suffix sense 1
used especially in Semitic grammar
contrasted with preformative

afformative

2 of 2

adjective

af·​for·​ma·​tive
a-ˈfȯr-mə-tiv,
ə-
: characterized by the use of suffixes
the afformative conjugation
: being an afformative
an afformative element

Word History

Etymology

Noun

ad- + formative

First Known Use

Noun

1795, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1821, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of afformative was in 1795

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“Afformative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afformative. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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