Definition of prenominal in English:

prenominal

Line breaks: pre|nom¦inal
Pronunciation: /priːˈnɒmɪn(ə)l
 
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adjective

Grammar
(Of a word or part of speech) preceding a noun.
More example sentences
  • And prenominal genitive determiner noun phrases are not adjectives, so to think that they can't be antecedents of pronouns for that reason is even madder than merely imagining that some obscure rule is being violated.
  • We get a couple of noun phrases with hyphenated compound prenominal attributive modifiers like outcome-related, real-world, and whole-of-organisation, and that's just about it.
  • Given that the prenominal possessive is itself an noun-phrase, we should expect a prenominal possessive to be able to occupy the noun-phrase slot within a larger prenominal possessive.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin praenomen, praenomin- 'first name' + -al.

Derivatives

prenominally

adverb
More example sentences
  • I show that Slavic determiners, which are always optional elements, can occur both prenominally and postnominally

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