agglutinative

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending or having power to agglutinate or unite; having power to cause adhesion: as, an agglutinative substance.
  • In philology, exhibiting or characterized by the formative process known as agglutination; agglutinate (which see): as, an agglutinative language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive.
  • adjective (Philol.) Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Sticky, tacky, adhesive.
  • adjective linguistics Having words derived by combining parts, each with a separate meaning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective united as if by glue
  • adjective forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning

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Examples

  • Human languages fall into four groups: inflecting ones as in Anglo-American, positional as in Chinese, agglutinative as in Old Turkish, polysynthetic (sentence units) as in Eskimo-to which, of course, we now add alien structures as wildly odd and as nearly impossible for the human brain as non-repetitive or emergent Venetian.

    Double Star

  • It belongs to the class of languages called agglutinative, common to the Tauranian race; i.e., it consists of words "glued together," without declension of conjugation.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • That's one of their compensations for being agglutinative.

    CHAPTER 21

  • ` Scruff 'Mackenzie's two years had taught him the not many hundred words of their vocabulary, and he had likewise conquered their deep gutturals, their Japanese idioms, constructions, and honorific and agglutinative particles.

    The Sun of the Wolf

  • 'Scruff' Mackenzie's two years had taught him the not many hundred words of their vocabulary, and he had likewise conquered their deep gutturals, their Japanese idioms, constructions, and honorific and agglutinative particles.

    The Son of the Wolf

  • Etruscan is an agglutinative language however and so one sometimes finds more case endings attached to postpositions which are already attached to case endings!

    Grammar of Etrusco-Lemnian nouns

  • Sumerian is agglutinative, which means that phonetically unchanging words and particles are joined together to form phrases.

    The Whisperers

  • Sumerian is agglutinative, which means that phonetically unchanging words and particles are joined together to form phrases.

    The Whisperers

  • Kazakh is an agglutinative language, and it employs vowel harmony.

    Christmas shopping with the sliding US dollar

  • Kazakh is an agglutinative language, and it employs vowel harmony.

    Christmas shopping with the sliding US dollar

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