Definition of postpositive in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌpōstˈpäzədiv/


(Of a word) placed after or as a suffix on the word that it relates to.
Example sentences
  • Until the middle of the twentieth century the scholarly consensus was that Mark could not have ended with a postpositive particle or with such a shocking ending as ‘for they were afraid.’
  • Among other particular features of Albanian and other Balkan languages are a postpositive definite article and the absence of a verbal infinitive.


A postpositive word.



Example sentences
  • I'm interested in the origins of ‘I'm just saying’ used postpositively.
  • ‘Aplenty’, ‘galore’, and the informal ‘extraordinaire’ are examples of adjectives that are primarily used postpositively in modern English.

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Syllabification: post·pos·i·tive

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