alpha privative

alpha privative
The prefix a- (or an- when prefixing a root which begins with a vowel) found in some English words of Greek derivation. It expresses negation or absence. The prefix has cognates in other Indo-European languages, including in- in Latin and un- in English.

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  • alpha privative — noun the negative prefix a or un • Hypernyms: ↑prefix * * * noun Etymology: translation of Middle Greek alpha sterētikon 1. : the Greek prefix a or usually before vowels an expressing negation (as in Gk …   Useful english dictionary

  • alpha privative — noun Date: 1590 the prefix a or an expressing negation in Greek and in English …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • alpha privative — the prefix a or, before a vowel, an , used in Greek and English to express negation or absence. [1580 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • alpha privative — al′pha priv′ative n. gram. the prefix a or, before a vowel, an , used in Greek and English to express negation or absence • Etymology: 1580–90 …   From formal English to slang

  • Privative — Priv a*tive, a. [L. privativus: cf. F. privatif. See {Private}.] 1. Causing privation; depriving. [1913 Webster] 2. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive; negative. [1913 Webster] Privative blessings, blessings of immunity,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privative — A privative, named from Latin [ [ bin/words.exe?privare privare] , at William Whitaker s Words.] , to deprive , is a particle that negates or inverts the value of the stem of the word. In Indo European languages… …   Wikipedia

  • privative a — noun An alpha privative …   Wiktionary

  • alpha privativum — noun An alpha privative …   Wiktionary

  • Privative a — The privative a (also known as privative alpha or α privativum ) is the prefix a which expresses negation or absence (e.g. a theism , ). Originally described for the grammar of Ancient Greek, it goes back to a Proto Indo European syllabic nasal * …   Wikipedia

  • alphaprivative — alpha privative n. The prefix a or an before vowels, used in Greek and in English words borrowed from Greek to express absence or negation. * * * …   Universalium