alpha privative

noun

: the prefix a- or an- expressing negation in Greek and in English

Word History

First Known Use

1568, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alpha privative was in 1568

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“Alpha privative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpha%20privative. Accessed 30 Nov. 2022.

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