Definition of suppletive in English:

suppletive

adjective

Linguistics

See suppletion

  • ‘Most adverbs allow only periphrastic comparison (happily/more happily/most happily), but a few are suppletive: badly/worse/worst; well/better/best.’
  • ‘In the following the regular as well as the suppletive forms of aorist and future are listed.’
  • ‘If you wish to test the effects of lemmatization, then replace all inflectional and suppletive variants with their root forms: ‘walk, be,’ etc.’
  • ‘The superlative may use the same root as the comparative, or may be further suppletive, but will not use the basic adjectival root.’

Pronunciation

suppletive

/səˈpliːtɪv/