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Related to inflectionally: inflectional morphology
1. The act of inflecting or the state of being inflected.
2. Alteration in pitch or tone of the voice.
a. An alteration of the form of a word by the addition of an affix, as in English dogs from dog, or by changing the form of a base, as in English spoke from speak, that indicates grammatical features such as number, person, mood, or tense.
b. An affix indicating such a grammatical feature, as the -s in the English third person singular verb form speaks.
c. The paradigm of a word.
d. A pattern of forming paradigms, such as noun inflection or verb inflection.
4. A turning or bending away from a course or position of alignment.
in•flec•tion•al(ɪnˈflɛk ʃə nl)
of, pertaining to, characterized by, or used in inflection.
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|Adj.||1.||inflectional - characterized by inflections indicating grammatical distinctions; "inflectional morphology is used to indicate number and case and tense and person etc."|
derivational - characterized by inflections indicating a semantic relation between a word and its base; "the morphological relation between `sing' and `singer' and `song' is derivational"