from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The placing of a word or suffixed element after the word to which it is grammatically related.
  • n. A word or element placed postpositionally, as a preposition placed after its object. For example, in the phrase these facts notwithstanding, notwithstanding is a postposition.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various words in languages such as Hindi, Japanese and Finno-Ugric languages (Estonian, Finnish and Hungarian) which serve the same purpose as a preposition but come after the noun.
  • n. The act of placing after, or the state of being placed after.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of placing after, or the state of being placed after.
  • n. A word or particle placed after, or at the end of, another word; -- distinguished from preposition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of postposing or placing after; the state of being put behind.
  • n. In grammar, a word or particle placed after or at the end of a word: opposed to preposition.

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

  • n. (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)


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  • Can anyone explain to me why "ago" is an adverb rather than a postposition?

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    On postpositions


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