postposition

noun
post·​po·​si·​tion | \ ˌpōs(t)-pə-ˈzi-shən How to pronounce postposition (audio) , ˈpōs(t)-pə-ˌzi- \

Definition of postposition

: the placing of a grammatical element after a word to which it is primarily related in a sentence also : such a word or particle especially when functioning as a preposition

Other Words from postposition

postpositional \ ˌpōs(t)-​pə-​ˈzish-​nəl How to pronounce postposition (audio) , -​ˈzi-​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
postpositionally adverb

First Known Use of postposition

circa 1638, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for postposition

French, from postposer to place after, from Latin postponere (perfect indicative postposui)

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The first known use of postposition was circa 1638

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“Postposition.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/postposition. Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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