suppletive

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suppletive (comparative more suppletive, superlative most suppletive)

  1. (grammar) Inflected by substituting an unrelated form (for example, in English, the adjectival forms good, better, best).
    When "went" replaced "gang", "go" became suppletive.
  2. Supplying deficiencies; supplementary; suppletory.
    • Labine v. Vincent, 401 U.S. 532 (1971), Harlan, J., concurring:
      ...I deem little short of frivolous the contention that the Equal Protection Clause prohibits enforcement of marital obligations, in either the mandatory or the suppletive form.

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suppletive

  1. Feminine plural form of suppletivo