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[in-flek-shuh-nl] /ɪnˈflɛk ʃə nl/
of, relating to, or used in inflection:
an inflectional ending.
Linguistics. pertaining to or noting a language, as Latin, characterized by the use of inflection, especially morphemic fusion or irregular morphophonemic alternation.
Compare agglutinative (def 2), isolating.
Origin of inflectional
1825-35; inflection + -al1
Related forms
inflectionally, adverb
noninflectional, adjective
noninflectionally, adverb
preinflectional, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In Greek we add to the radical syllable τυπ-, the inflectional syllable -θην.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Juxtapositional, combinatory, and inflectional strata in the formation of the Aryan language, 138.

  • There is no inflectional parallel between two men in English and ἀνθρώπω in Greek.

    Opuscula Robert Gordon Latham
  • For verbal forms a formula indicating the conjugation (set of inflectional affixes which may be added to them) is given.

  • Originally, the inflectional suffix had been -de or -ede and in some cases -ode, and the vowels were always pronounced.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • In English we add to the radical syllable stag, the inflectional syllable s.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • In the inflectional languages each word is like a soldier in his place with his outfit.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Hence a necessity of removing it from the radical, and placing it on an inflectional syllable.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • inflectional vowels are mostly levelled to e, but a persists in the infinitives winnan 115, rixan 176, and is found in the pt.

  • Thus the inflectional system serves to relieve, in part at least, the very difficulty which it creates.

    Selections from Viri Romae Charles Franois L'Homond

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