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holophrastic

[hol-uh-fras-tik, hoh-luh-] /ˌhɒl əˈfræs tɪk, ˌhoʊ lə-/
adjective
1.
using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence.
2.
characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic:
a holophrastic language.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; holo- + -phrastic; see periphrastic
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Examples for holophrastic
  • The children were matched for mean length of utterance, all subjects performing at the holophrastic level.
British Dictionary definitions for holophrastic

holophrastic

/ˌhɒləˈfræstɪk/
adjective
1.
denoting the stage in a child's acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
2.
(of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic
Word Origin
C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express
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