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regressive assimilation

noun, Phonetics
1.
assimilation in which a following sound has an effect on a preceding one, as in pronouncing have in have to as [haf] /hæf/ (Show IPA) influenced by the voiceless (t) in to.
Also called anticipatory assimilation.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90
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