alpha privative

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alpha privative (plural alpha privatives)

  1. (grammar) The prefix a- (or an- when prefixing a root which begins with a vowel) found in some English words of Greek derivation. It expresses negation or absence. The prefix has cognates in other Indo-European languages, including in- in Latin and un- in English.
  2. (grammar) A word formed using such prefixes.

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