Inflective
Inflective In*flect"ive, a. 1. Capable of, or pertaining to, inflection; deflecting; as, the inflective quality of the air. --Derham. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) Inflectional; characterized by variation, or change in form, to mark case, tense, etc.; subject to inflection. [1913 Webster]

{Inflective language} (Philol.), a language like the Greek or Latin, consisting largely of stems with variable terminations or suffixes which were once independent words. English is both agglutinative, as, manlike, headache, and inflective, as, he, his, him. Cf. {Agglutinative}. [1913 Webster]


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  • inflective — inflect ► VERB 1) Grammar change or be changed by inflection. 2) vary the intonation or pitch of (the voice). 3) technical bend or deflect inwards. DERIVATIVES inflective adjective. ORIGIN Latin inflectere, from in into + flectere to bend …   English terms dictionary

  • inflective — ə̇nˈflektiv, tēv adjective 1. : capable of, relating to, or tending to inflection : deflecting 2. : inflectional inflective language …   Useful english dictionary

  • inflective — adjective see inflect …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inflective — See inflect. * * * …   Universalium

  • inflective — adjective That inflects …   Wiktionary

  • inflective — adj. inflectional, of or pertaining to inflection (Grammar); having the tendency to bend or to inflect; deflecting …   English contemporary dictionary

  • inflective — in·flec·tive …   English syllables

  • Inflective language — Inflective In*flect ive, a. 1. Capable of, or pertaining to, inflection; deflecting; as, the inflective quality of the air. Derham. [1913 Webster] 2. (Gram.) Inflectional; characterized by variation, or change in form, to mark case, tense, etc.;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Indeclinable — In de*clin a*ble, a. [L. indeclinabilis: cf. F. ind[ e]clinable. See {In } not, and {Decline}.] (Gram.) Not declinable; not varied by inflective terminations; as, nihil (nothing), in Latin, is an indeclinable noun. n. An indeclinable word. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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