Definition of agglutinative in English:


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  • (of a language) forming words predominantly by agglutination, rather than by inflection or by using isolated elements. Examples include Hungarian, Turkish, Korean, and Swahili.

    ‘The Korean language is agglutinative and usually regarded as a Uro-Altaic language.’
    • ‘The hallmark of agglutinative languages is multisyllabic words composed of linear sequences of morphemes.’
    • ‘The fact that Arabic is an agglutinative language with a complex affix structure involving prefixes, infixes and suffixes presents a special case for testing the general assumption of this study.’
    • ‘One interesting aspect should be the interaction between task and word types because there are many inflected verbs in the agglutinative Turkish.’
    • ‘As Finnish is an agglutinative language, it is not surprising that inflectional difficulties were shown to be the first impairment marker among at-risk children.’



/əˈɡlo͞otnādiv/ /əˈɡlutneɪdɪv/