suppletive

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suppletive (comparative more suppletive, superlative most suppletive)

  1. (grammar) Which supplies an etymologically unrelated word with forms, or which is used as one of its forms, by suppletion (for example, in English, better and best are suppletive forms of good).
    • 1999, K. V. Tirumalesh, Grammar and Communication: Essays on the Form and Function of Language[1], page 237:
      ... of optimus, meaning “best,” which in turn is the superlative suppletive form of bonus, “good.”
  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 (plural suppletives)

  1. (grammar) A form used by way of suppletion.

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Adjective[edit]

suppletive

  1. feminine plural of suppletivo