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Occurring or placed after a word.
A word or particle occurring or placed after another word.

[Late Latin postpositīvus, from Latin postpositus, past participle of postpōnere, to put after; see postpone.]

post·pos′i·tive·ly adv.


(Grammar) (of an adjective or other modifier) placed after the word modified, either immediately after, as in two men abreast, or as part of a complement, as in those men are bad
(Grammar) a postpositive modifier
postˈpositively adv


(poʊstˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)
1. (of a word, particle, or affix) placed after a word to modify it or to show its relation to other elements of a sentence.
2. a postpositive word, particle, or affix; postposition.
[1780–90; < Latin postposit(us) (past participle of postpōnere; see postpone, posit) + -ive]
post•pos′i•tive•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.postpositive - (of a modifier) placed after another word


[pəʊstˈpɒzɪtɪv] ADJpospositivo
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