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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.


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


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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


[əˈgluːtɪnətɪv] ADJaglutinante


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Basically Neeleman and Szendroi propose that radical pro drop can occur in a language where pronouns are marked agglutinatively for case or some other morphological element.
So Lao pronouns are not generally agglutinatively marked for plural.
(2) W., who seems to have been something of a cryptomegalo-comparativist, wanted ultimately to compare a more agglutinatively conceived PST with Finno-Ugric and Altaic (p.