Affixation

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Affixation Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    affixation n
  1. the result of adding an affix to a root word
  2. formation of a word by means of an affix
  3. the act of attaching or affixing something [syn: attachment]
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Affixation'


An affix is a morpheme that is attached to a word stem to form a new word. Affixes may be derivational, like English -ness and pre-, or inflectional, like English plural -s and past tense -ed. They are bound morphemes by definition; prefixes and suffixes may be separable affixes. Affixation is, thus, the linguistic process speakers use to form new words (neologisms) by adding morphemes (affixes) at the beginning (prefixation), the middle (infixation) or the end (suffixation) of words.

Affixes are divided into several categories, depending on their position with reference to the stem. Prefix and suffix are extremely common terms. Infix and circumfix are less so, as they are not important in European languages. The other terms are uncommon.

Prefix and suffix may be subsumed under the term adfix in contrast to infix.

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