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ADJECTIVE (2)

1. forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning;
[syn: agglutinative, polysynthetic]

2. united as if by glue;
[syn: agglutinate, agglutinative]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Agglutinative \Ag*glu"ti*na*tive\, a. [Cf. F. agglutinatif.] 1. Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive. Syn: polysynthetic, holophrastic. [1913 Webster] 2. (Philol.) Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound. [1913 Webster] In agglutinative languages the union of words may be compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective languages to chemical compounds. --R. Morris. [1913 Webster] Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative languages. --R. Morris. [1913 Webster] Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness of their roots. --Max M["u]ller. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

agglutinative adj 1: forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning [syn: agglutinative, polysynthetic] 2: united as if by glue [syn: agglutinate, agglutinative]