pro·​nom·​i·​nal prō-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl How to pronounce pronominal (audio)
: of, relating to, or constituting a pronoun
: resembling a pronoun in identifying or specifying without describing
the pronominal adjective this in this dog
pronominally adverb

Examples of pronominal in a Sentence

the pronominal adjective “this” in “this dog”
Recent Examples on the Web There are two reasons for this pronominal deletion. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, 27 Nov. 2022 Through perspectival shifts, pronominal slippage and shout-outs to cinema, poetry and of course music, Mercier allows the duo’s fears and displaced ambitions to turn into one another in revelatory, oneiric and, ultimately, disturbing ways. Lisa Russ Spaar, New York Times, 5 Jan. 2018

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Word History


Late Latin pronominalis, from Latin pronomin-, pronomen

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pronominal was in 1663

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“Pronominal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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pro·​nom·​i·​nal prō-ˈnäm-ən-ᵊl How to pronounce pronominal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being a pronoun
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