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(Linguistics) linguistics a suprasegmental feature distinguishing the meaning or grammatical function of one word or phrase from that of another, as stress does for example between the noun conduct and the verb conduct
[from super- + -fix, on the model of prefix, suffix]
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(ˈsu pərˌfɪks)

a suprasegmental feature having an identifiable meaning or grammatical function, as the stress pattern that distinguishes the noun record from the verb record.
[1945–50; super- + -fix, extracted from affix, infix, etc.]
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