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1. The act or process of agglutinating; adhesion of distinct parts.
2. A clumped mass of material formed by agglutination. Also called agglutinate.
3. Biology The clumping together of cells or particles, especially bacteria or red blood cells, usually in the presence of a specific antibody or other substance.
4. Linguistics The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process.

ag·glu′ti·na′tive (-n-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv) adj.
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1. tending to join or capable of joining
2. (Linguistics) linguistics Also: agglomerative denoting languages, such as Hungarian, whose morphology is characterized by agglutination. Compare analytic3, synthetic3, polysynthetic
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(əˈglut nˌeɪ tɪv, əˈglut n ə-)

1. tending or having power to agglutinate or unite.
2. of or designating a language, as Turkish, characterized by agglutination.
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Adj.1.agglutinative - forming derivative or compound words by putting together constituents each of which expresses a single definite meaning
synthetic - systematic combining of root and modifying elements into single words
2.agglutinative - united as if by glue
adhesive - tending to adhere
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[əˈgluːtɪnətɪv] ADJaglutinante
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Turkish is an agglutinative language, which means suffixes are attached to a root word.
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Oamenii sentimentali sint fiinte dificile" (footnote 156--"One celebrated American writer on culture and language delivered himself of the dictum that, estimable as the speakers of agglutinative languages might be, it was nevertheless a crime for an inflecting woman to marry an agglutinating man...
They cover the historical background of the Asia Minor dialects; agglutinative noun inflection in Cappadocian; two Turkish suffixes in Pharasoit: constraints against phrasal bases; the morphology of Silliot: paradigmatic defectiveness, paradigmatic leveling; and affix pleonasm; adverbial constructions in a dialectical context: a case study from Pontic; the Smyrna dialect: loanword adaptation in a multilingual setting; affixoids and verb borrowing in Aivaliot morphology; subtractive imperative forms in Bithynian Greek; morphological innovations in Propontis Tsakonian; and the Greek of Ottoman-era Adrianoupolis.
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