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postposition

[pohst-puh-zish-uh n, pohst-puh-zish-uh n] /ˌpoʊst pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˈpoʊst pəˌzɪʃ ən/
noun
1.
the act of placing after.
2.
the state of being so placed.
3.
Grammar.
  1. the use of words, particles, or affixes following the elements they modify or govern, as of the adjective general in attorney general, or of the particle e “to” in Japanese Tokyo e “to Tokyo.”.
  2. a word, particle, or affix so used.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; post- + position or (pre)position
Related forms
postpositional, adjective
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Examples from the web for postposition
  • The noun clauses in question are often followed by a postposition which shows their grammatical relation to the main verb.
British Dictionary definitions for postposition

postposition

/ˌpəʊstpəˈzɪʃən/
noun
1.
placement of a modifier or other speech element after the word that it modifies or to which it is syntactically related
2.
a word or speech element so placed
Derived Forms
postpositional, adjective
postpositionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for postposition
n.

"act of placing after, 1630s, from post- + position (n.). Related: Postpositional.

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