enclitic

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

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enclitic (plural enclitics)

  1. (linguistics) A clitic which joins with the preceding word phonetically, graphically, or both.
    The English possessive 's is an enclitic.

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enclitic (not comparable)

  1. (grammar) Affixed phonetically.

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