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1. The act of inflecting or the state of being inflected.
2. Alteration in pitch or tone of the voice.
3. Grammar
a. An alteration of the form of a word by the addition of an affix, as in English dogs from dog, or by changing the form of a base, as in English spoke from speak, that indicates grammatical features such as number, person, mood, or tense.
b. An affix indicating such a grammatical feature, as the -s in the English third person singular verb form speaks.
c. The paradigm of a word.
d. A pattern of forming paradigms, such as noun inflection or verb inflection.
4. A turning or bending away from a course or position of alignment.

in·flec′tion·al adj.
in·flec′tion·al·ly adv.
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(ɪnˈflɛk ʃə nl)

of, pertaining to, characterized by, or used in inflection.
in•flec′tion•al•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.inflectional - characterized by inflections indicating grammatical distinctions; "inflectional morphology is used to indicate number and case and tense and person etc."
derivational - characterized by inflections indicating a semantic relation between a word and its base; "the morphological relation between `sing' and `singer' and `song' is derivational"
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[ɪnˈflekʃənl] ADJcon inflexión
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In the conclusions of that paper it was proposed that all complex words--at least inflectional ones - were broken down into their morphological components prior to word recognition.
The morphome is central to his discussion of the "L-pattern," "U-pattern," and "N pattern" of verb allomorphy in which a distinctive root is found in certain inflectional forms; for example, the "L-pattern" root is found in the first-person singular present indicative and all of the present subjunctive forms.
Recursivity and recategorization, in this view, draw a distinction between inflectional morphology, which cannot apply recursively or change the category of the input to inflectional processes and derivational morphology.
The noun is divided, morphologically, into two kinds: inflectional (mo'rab) and non-inflectional (mabni) (Saeedi 2007).
Affixes which do not allow further affixation are called inflectional suffixes.
Turning to inflectional morphology, the use of cases is in decline as compared to standard Polish, especially dative, locative and male-personal (MP) plural; first- and third-person present tense verbs are often conflated (e.g.
For example, a student's awareness of suffixes, specifically inflectional endings, is reflected in the spelling of the word matched as mached, but not in the spelling macht.