enclitic

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From Late Latin encliticus, from Ancient Greek ἐγκλιτικός (enklitikos, inclined towards), from ἐγκλίνειν (enklinein, lean on), from ἐν (en, upon) + κλίνειν (klinein, to lean, incline).

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enclitic (plural enclitics)

  1. (linguistics) A clitic which phonetically joins with the preceding word. In English, the possessive 's is an example.

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enclitic (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Affixed phonetically.

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