Anaptotic
Anaptotic An`ap*tot"ic, a. [Gr. ? back + ? belonging to case.] Having lost, or tending to lose, inflections by phonetic decay; as, anaptotic languages. [1913 Webster] ||

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  • anaptotic — /an euhp tot ik/, adj. Archaic. (of languages) tending to become uninflected, in accordance with a theory that languages evolve from uninflected to inflected and back. [1840 50; AN 3 + aptote ( < Gk áptoton, n. use of neut. of áptotos uninflected …   Universalium

  • anaptotic — /ænæpˈtɒtɪk/ (say anap totik) adjective (of languages) tending to become uninflected, in accordance with a theory that languages evolve from uninflected to inflected and back. {an 3 + stem of Greek aptōtos indeclinable + ic} …   Australian English dictionary

  • anaptotic —   a. Philology, with weakened or no case inflections …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • anaptotic — /an euhp tot ik/, adj. Archaic. (of languages) tending to become uninflected, in accordance with a theory that languages evolve from uninflected to inflected and back. [1840 50; AN 3 + aptote ( < Gk áptoton, n. use of neut. of áptotos… …   Useful english dictionary

  • an- — I. variant of a 6, used before vowels and h, as in anaerobic, anhydrous. II. variant of ad , before n, as in announce. III. variant of ana , used before vowels, as in anaptotic …   Australian English dictionary

  • an|ap|tot|ic — «AN ap TOT ihk», adjective. tending to lose, or having already lost, by phonetic decay, the use of inflections: »English is an anaptotic language. ╂[< ana back + Greek áptōtos indeclinable + English ic] …   Useful english dictionary

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