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haplology

Line breaks: hap|lol¦ogy
Pronunciation: /hapˈlɒlədʒi
 
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Definition of haplology in English:

noun

The omission of one occurrence of a sound or syllable which is repeated within a word (e.g. in February pronounced as /ˈfɛbri)/.
Example sentences
  • After all, it's hard to see how un - could be plausibly reanalyzed as a mere intensifier; more likely this is an idiosyncratic sort of haplology, where the form unpacked stands in for ununpacked.
  • A nice irony is that haplology is just the sort of word to which haplology happens…
  • It all depends which side of the pond one happens to be on: Britons accuse Americans of haplology while the latter believe it is the former who are committing epenthesis.

Origin

late 19th century: from Greek haploos 'single' + -logy.

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