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  • adj. Inflected by substituting an unrelated form (for example, in English, the adjectival forms good, better, best).
  • adj. Supplying deficiencies; supplementary; suppletory.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Supplying deficiencies; supplementary.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Supplying; suppletory.


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  • According to this theory, the PIE s-aorist was originally a specially inflected type of root aorist in which the 3 sg. active form, for reasons now lost within the prehistory of PIE, was built from a suppletive sigmatic stem with 'Narten' *ē : *e ablaut.

    Looking for a simple origin to Hittite's hi-class preterite

  • I'm going to now assert the following premise for the sake of discussion: PIE *itself* still retained a subjective-objective contrast and this is what lies behind the suppletive *mi- and *h₂e conjugations.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • For example, if we ponder on the suppletive declension of *so-/*to- "that", we notice that *so never receives case endings and is only ever used in the animate nominative while *to- is used everwhere else i.e. for the inanimate and all other cases other than nominative for all genders.

    The trouble with the PIE 1st & 2nd person plural endings (3)

  • Now I can make sense of the suppletive pattern we see in the subjunctive-turned-future-indicative endings:

    Archive 2007-07-01

  • So I figure the best way to explain that is to propose a suppletive absolutive-ergative system for Nostratic as follows note that my intention is to conjecture for the sake of discussion:

    A ramble about the Nostratic pronominal system, part 2

  • There is one interesting, recurring feature in Nostratic language groups that I notice: a suppletive system involving two very unrelated forms for each person.

    A ramble about the Nostratic pronominal system, part 2

  • I sincerely hope one day, and hopefully not too late, you'll realized you've been in an abusive relationship where you were taken for granted for way too long and used as a suppletive force.

    Army Rumour Service

  • The same analysis is straightforward for oxen, assuming the stem suppletive plural morpheme - en.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • Other, more extreme cases of allomorphy are called suppletion, where two forms related by a morphological rule cannot be explained as being related on a phonological basis: for example, the past of go is went, which is a suppletive form.

    Citizendium, the Citizens' Compendium - Recent changes [en]

  • The term people is often used in English as the suppletive plural of person.

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  • How can 'suppletive' not be in WeirdNet? It's a familiar and long-standing grammatical term. The canonical examples in English are go ~ went and be ~ am ~ was and person ~ people; in French aller ~ va ~ ira, for example; in Ancient Greek just about every damn verb you might ever need to use, to the everlasting burden of aspiring Hellenophones.

    May 29, 2009