Agglutinative Ag*glu"ti*na*tive, a. [Cf. F. agglutinatif.] 1. Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive.

Syn: polysynthetic, holophrastic. [1913 Webster]

2. (Philol.) Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound. [1913 Webster]

In agglutinative languages the union of words may be compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective languages to chemical compounds. --R. Morris. [1913 Webster]

Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative languages. --R. Morris. [1913 Webster]

Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness of their roots. --Max M["u]ller. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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