singulative

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From French singulatif, from Latin singillatim (singly", "one by one), from singulus (single", "separate), from simplex (simple", "single), from Proto-Indo-European *sem- (one, together).

Adjective[edit]

singulative (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Of or pertaining to a grammatical form or construction that expresses the individuation of a single referent from a mass noun.
    English doesn't have a singulative number in general, but many uncountable nouns have usual singulative constructions.

Noun[edit]

singulative (plural singulatives)

  1. (grammar) A singulative form or construction.
    The singulative of "cattle" is "a head of cattle".
    The singulative of "scissors" is "a pair of scissors".

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