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1. A clitic that is attached to the end of another word. In Give 'em the works, the pronoun 'em is an enclitic.
2. A clitic.
Of or relating to an enclitic or enclisis; forming an accentual unit with the preceding word.

[Late Latin encliticus, from Greek enklitikos, from enklīnein, to lean on : en-, on, in; see en-2 + klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

en·clit′i·cize′ (-ə-sīz′) v.
en·clit′i·ci·za′tion (-ə-sĭ-zā′shən), en′clis·is (-klĭs-ĭs) n.
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(Grammar) the state of being enclitic
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In general, enclisis is limited to singular kinship nouns, but it is also found with plural nouns in some central Italian dialects (Manzini and Savoia 663).
With respect to the host, in OI there was greater enclisis with finite verb forms (due in part to the Tobler-Mussafia law) and proclisis was allowed with aflirmative informai imperatives.