pro·​vec·​tion | \ -kshən \
plural -s

Definition of provection

2a : a phonetic change in Celtic languages whereby in contact with other consonants (as homorganic sonants) fricatives become the corresponding homorganic stops and voiced stops become voiceless
b : a mutation in some Celtic languages (as Breton and Cornish) whereby a voiced consonant becomes unvoiced
3 : the carrying forward of a final sound or letter to a following word (as in a nickname for an ekename)

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History and Etymology for provection

Latin provectus + English -ion

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“Provection.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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