(Of a language, e.g. Hungarian, Turkish, Korean, and Swahili) tending to express concepts in complex words consisting of many elements, rather than by inflection or by using isolated elements. Contrasted with analytic and synthetic.
More example sentences
- The Korean language is agglutinative and usually regarded as a Uro-Altaic language.
- The hallmark of agglutinative languages is multisyllabic words composed of linear sequences of morphemes.
- The fact that Arabic is an agglutinative language with a complex affix structure involving prefixes, infixes and suffixes presents a special case for testing the general assumption of this study.
Definition of agglutinative in:
- The US English dictionary