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

  • adj. Occurring or placed before another word.
  • n. A word or particle occurring or placed before another word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Put before; prefixed; as, a prepositive particle.
  • n. A prepositive word.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Put before; prefixed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Put before; prefixed: as, a prepositive particle.
  • n. A word or particle put before another word.

Etymologies

Late Latin praepositīvus, from Latin praepositus, past participle of praepōnere, to put in front; see preposition1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin praepositivus, past participle of praepono ("to place before, to place ahead of") (Wiktionary)

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