alpha privative


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alpha privative

n.
The prefix a- or an- before vowels, used in Greek and in English words borrowed from Greek to express absence or negation.

alpha privative

n
(Linguistics) (in Greek grammar) the letter alpha (or an- before vowels) used as a negative or privative prefix. It appears in English words derived from Greek, as in atheist, anaesthetic

al′pha priv′ative


n.
the prefix a- or, before a vowel, an-, used in Greek and English to express negation or absence.
[1580–90]
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Noun1.alpha privative - the negative prefix a- or un-
prefix - an affix that is added in front of the word
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In early Christian Platonic testimony, the negations express profound faith, the alpha privatives of God: "immortal, invisible, immutable, impassive, and unchangeable." Andre-Jean Festugiere said of the philosophers, "the supreme object of knowledge, the final degree of our metaphysical investigations, the term on which all the rest depends, is an object which defies definition, and hence cannot be named.