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1. The act or process of agglutinating; adhesion of distinct parts.
2. A clumped mass of material formed by agglutination. Also called agglutinate.
3. Biology The clumping together of cells or particles, especially bacteria or red blood cells, usually in the presence of a specific antibody or other substance.
4. Linguistics The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process.

ag·glu′ti·na′tive (-n-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv) adj.


1. tending to join or capable of joining
2. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: agglomerative denoting languages, such as Hungarian, whose morphology is characterized by agglutination. Compare analytic3, synthetic3, polysynthetic


(əˈglut nˌeɪ tɪv, əˈglut n ə-)

1. tending or having power to agglutinate or unite.
2. of or designating a language, as Turkish, characterized by agglutination.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.agglutinative - forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning
synthetic - systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
2.agglutinative - united as if by glue
adhesive - tending to adhere


[əˈgluːtɪnətɪv] ADJaglutinante


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Like Turkish, Hungarian is an agglutinative language, and one could spend an entire lifetime learning the myriad idioms of English.
The whole system reflects the earlier suggested typological circle of universal languages by Western linguistics: analytic > agglutinative > inflecting > analytic.
In all agglutinative languages, agents, datives and objects are marked and grammaticalised by bound morphs.
The second reason is the special difficulties of language modelling that arise due to the highly agglutinative nature of Hungarian.
Finally, I have argued that the suspension of those affixes that exhibit high phonological cohesion with their bases leads to illicit structures, suggesting that loose morphological bonding, the hallmark of agglutinative languages with which suspended affixation is typically associated with, may strongly correlate with the degree of phonological cohesion.
system of eight cases and the very different modern Ossetic agglutinative system of eight cases (nine in Iron)?
Though his family language (and alphabet) was Tamil--and he has translated both ancient and medieval sacred (Vaisnavite) and erotic classics from that left-branching, agglutinative, punctuationless language--the regional language of his home in Mysore (Karnataka State) is Kannada.
A reviewer notes that case stacking is apparently limited to agglutinative morphologies.
seems to have been a clearly agglutinative language with a rich morphology: at least five case endings, personal and possessive suffixes, number markers, several derivational suffixes etc.
Relying upon evidence presented in section III, Schloen rejects claims that polygamy was a common practice, showing rather that patrilocal, extended families living in agglutinative houses were the norm (p.
beside), into agglutinative case affixes and then into fusional cases, as predicted by Givdn's and Lehmann's formulations (e.
4) As Estonian is more synthetic and agglutinative than Bulgarian, a morpheme-by-morpheme translation is given.