Definitions

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  • With contrary, subordinate, or remote effect; denoting hindrance, set-back, inferiority, etc.
  • With adverbial or adjectival effect, forming compound words indicating something that comes afterwards in spacial position or time.
  • With prepositional effect, forming compound words denoting something which follows the second element of the compound.

Etymologies

From after (adverb & preposition), and also continuing Middle English after-, efter-, æfter-, from Old English æfter- ("after, behind, against"). Cognate with Scots efter-, West Frisian efter-, Dutch achter-, Swedish efter-. More at after. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The foursome met for an after- chapel breakfast every Sunday to trade opinions about the state of science.

    An Engine of Perpetual Revolution

  • *Participation in sports teams and physical activity clubs, often run before- and after- school, has positive effects on students'

    John Thompson: Why Education "Reform" Could Bankrupt Us

  • Ms. Chickie accused later that after- noon, replenishing her jaw with a pinch of snuff.

    A Kettle of Vultures

  • Net income of $48.4 million included a $12 million after- tax gain on debt extinguishment linked to trading in the firm's own bonds and $2 million in expenses related to the company's acquisition of Prudential Bache.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Canadian Pacific gained 6.9 percent to $69.01 in after- hours U.S. trading at 6:04 p.m.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • HSBC said last month it will reap a $2.4 billion after- tax gain from the sale its U.S. credit card division to Capital One Financial Corp. The company has also sold part of its Russian consumer banking unit and said it will shut 10 retail branches in Poland.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • Under Perry's proposal, 98 percent of people making more than $500,000 a year would receive tax cuts averaging $512,733, compared with what they are making today, boosting their after- tax incomes by 23.5 percent.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • It recorded a $74 million after- tax charge on the sale of lender Federal Trust Corp.

  • Ghana last month and scored his first goals for Liverpool in Monday night's 3-0 win over Manchester City to suggest he has now shaken off any after- effects of the thigh injury that delayed the start to his career on Merseyside.

    Evening Standard - Home

  • In after- hours trading, the price rose as much as 7.1 percent.

    The Washington Post: National, World & D.C. Area News and Headlines - washingtonpost.com

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