alpha privative


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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.

alpha privative

n
(Linguistics) (in Greek grammar) the letter alpha (or an- before vowels) used as a negative or privative prefix. It appears in English words derived from Greek, as in atheist, anaesthetic

al′pha priv′ative


n.
the prefix a- or, before a vowel, an-, used in Greek and English to express negation or absence.
[1580–90]
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Noun1.alpha privative - the negative prefix a- or un-
prefix - an affix that is added in front of the word
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In early Christian Platonic testimony, the negations express profound faith, the alpha privatives of God: "immortal, invisible, immutable, impassive, and unchangeable.