1375–1425; late Middle English inflecten < Latin inflectere to bend in, equivalent to in- in-2 + flectere to bend, curve; cf. flex1 (Source: dictionary.com)
Definitions of Inflective
verb (used with object)
- to modulate (the voice).
- Grammar. to apply inflection to (a word). to recite or display all or a distinct set of the inflections of (a word); decline or conjugate.
- to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
- Botany. to bend in.
verb (used without object)
- Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.
- (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
- (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
- (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend
- : to vary (a word) by inflection : decline, conjugate
- : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
- : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism
- : to turn from a direct line or course : curve
- : to become modified by inflection
Example sentences for Inflective
- It is in this want of inflective grace that English, and more especially French, speakers lose so much of their force.
- The triple object of the dynamic are the rhythmic, inflective and harmonic forms.
- Each of the inflective, harmonic and rhythmic modes has its peculiar law.
- We can call such languages inflective, if we like, but we must then be prepared to revise radically our notion of inflective form.
- “Fusional” and “symbolic” contrast with “agglutinative,” which is not on a par with “inflective” at all.
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