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1. The placing of a word or suffixed element after the word to which it is grammatically related.
2. A word or element placed postpositionally, as a preposition placed after its object. For example, in the phrase these facts notwithstanding, notwithstanding is a postposition.

post′po·si′tion·al adj.
post′po·si′tion·al·ly adv.


1. (Grammar) placement of a modifier or other speech element after the word that it modifies or to which it is syntactically related
2. (Grammar) a word or speech element so placed
ˌpostpoˈsitional adj
ˌpostpoˈsitionally adv


(ˌpoʊst pəˈzɪʃ ən, ˈpoʊst pəˌzɪʃ ən)

1. the act of placing after.
2. the state of being so placed.
a. the use of words, particles, or affixes following the elements they modify or govern.
b. a word, particle, or affix so used, as the adjective general in attorney general, or the particle e “to” in Japanese Tokyo e “to Tokyo.”
post•pose′, v.t. -posed, -pos•ing.
post`po•si′tion•al, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.postposition - (linguistics) the placing of one linguistic element after another (as placing a modifier after the word that it modifies in a sentence or placing an affix after the base to which it is attached)
linguistics - the scientific study of language
position, place - an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"
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In several examples in Labanauskas' text edition (NRRN), the allative marker is attached to the noun resulting in a new PX-CX pattern, but there are still instances where the postposition is not suffixed and still free-standing:
Parts of speech tagging assigns a grammatical category adjective, adverbs, and postposition etc.
It involves the postposition otherwise used to introduce the passive agent (which is not a participant).
the combination of preposition and noun as objective in English is counted as a word composed of a noun with postposition in Korean).
Correlations After Initiating Hourly Rounding Correlations PostPain PostPosition PostToilet PostPain Pearson 1 .
Languages in which verbs follow objects tend to use postpositions, as in "The man (subject) the dog (object) put (verb) the canoe in (postposition).
Changes from baseline to the 15-minute postposition assessment mean change scores showed a downward trend for Pbt[O.
In Dutch, changing the preposition in into a postposition changes the meaning from position to destination.
Thus, forms such as "kon" (ko, postposition marking objects) and "naom" (nao/nav, name) were common in older forms of Hindi/Urdu.
noun phrase with postposition "[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII](wa),"
The typical example is the Balkan area, where languages of different types and families, such as Romanian (Romance), Albanian, Greek, and the Slavonic languages Macedonian and Bulgarian share, in partial or complete form, the absence of verbal infinitives, the postposition of the definite article, certain aspectual distinctions in verbs, etc.
The postposition O indicates the direct object, the theme particle WA the subject (in this sentence).