proclitic

proclitic

[proh-klit-ik] Grammar.
adjective
1.
(of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
noun
2.
a proclitic word.

Origin:
1840–50; < Neo-Latin proclīticus; modeled on enclitic; see pro-2

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proclitic (prəʊˈklɪtɪk)
 
adj
1.  a.  relating to or denoting a monosyllabic word or form having no stress or accent and pronounced as a prefix of the following word, as in English 't for it in 'twas
 b.  (in classical Greek) relating to or denoting a word that throws its accent onto the following word
 
n
2.  a proclitic word or form
 
[C19: from New Latin proclīticus, from Greek proklinein to lean forwards; formed on the model of enclitic]

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