in·​flec·​tion·​al in-ˈflek-sh(ə-)nəl How to pronounce inflectional (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by inflection
an inflectional suffix
inflectionally adverb

Examples of inflectional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The analyses suggest that languages spoken by large groups have simpler inflectional morphology than languages spoken by smaller groups as measured on a variety of factors such as case systems and complexity of conjugations. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2010 Additionally, languages spoken by large groups are much more likely to use lexical strategies in place of inflectional morphology to encode evidentiality, negation, aspect, and possession. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 20 Jan. 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inflectional was in 1832

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“Inflectional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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