Definition of proclitic in English:

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proclitic

Pronunciation: /prə(ʊ)ˈklɪtɪk/
Linguistics

noun

A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the following word, e.g. at in at home. Compare with enclitic.
Example sentences
  • The indefinite article ‘a’ is a proclitic, a word that wants to merge phonologically with the word that follows it.

adjective

Denoting or relating to a proclitic.

Derivatives

proclitically

adverb

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin procliticus (from Greek proklinein 'lean forward'), on the pattern of late Latin encliticus (see enclitic).

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