Inflective

/ɪnˈflɛktɪv/

Origin

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

Inflective

verb (used with object)

  1. to modulate (the voice).
  2. 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.
  3. to bend; turn from a direct line or course.
  4. Botany. to bend in.

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Inflective

verb (used without object)

  1. Grammar. to be characterized by inflection.

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Inflective

verb

  1. (grammar) to change (the form of a word) or (of a word) to change in form by inflection
  2. (tr) to change (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate
  3. (tr) to cause to deviate from a straight or normal line or course; bend

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Inflective

verb

  1. : to vary (a word) by inflection : decline, conjugate
  2. : to change or vary the pitch of inflect one's voice
  3. : to affect or alter noticeably : influence an approach inflected by feminism
  4. : to turn from a direct line or course : curve
  5. : to become modified by inflection

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Example sentences for Inflective

  1. It is in this want of inflective grace that English, and more especially French, speakers lose so much of their force.
  2. The triple object of the dynamic are the rhythmic, inflective and harmonic forms.
  3. Each of the inflective, harmonic and rhythmic modes has its peculiar law.
  4. We can call such languages inflective, if we like, but we must then be prepared to revise radically our notion of inflective form.
  5. “Fusional” and “symbolic” contrast with “agglutinative,” which is not on a par with “inflective” at all.
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