[suh-plee-tiv, suhp-li-tiv]
adjective Grammar.
serving as an inflected form of a word with a totally different stem, as went, the suppletive past of go.
including one or more such forms: a suppletive paradigm.
characterized by the use of such forms: suppletive inflection.

1810–20; < Medieval Latin supplētīvus, equivalent to Latin supplēt(us) (past participle of supplēre to fill up; see suppletion) + -īvus -ive Unabridged
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suppletion (səˈpliːʃən)
the use of an unrelated word to complete the otherwise defective paradigm of a given word, as for example the use of went for the past tense of go
[C14: from Medieval Latin supplētiō a completing, from Latin supplēre to supply1]
n, —adj

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Example sentences for suppletive
Unlike other verbs, these inflected forms of be lie in a suppletive relationship.
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