Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to inflective: inflexed


v. in·flect·ed, in·flect·ing, in·flects
1. To alter (the voice) in tone or pitch; modulate.
2. Grammar To alter (a word) by inflection.
3. To turn from a course or a specified alignment; bend.
v.intr. Grammar
1. To be modified by inflection.
2. To give all of the inflected forms of a word; to provide a paradigm.

[Middle English inflecten, to bend down, from Latin īnflectere : in-, in; see in-2 + flectere, to bend.]

in·flec′tive adj.
in·flec′tor n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The two inflective past forms share the stem (past) ([section]4.1) and the ending (indicative) (Table 3); the distinction between the simple and continuous past is made by aspect markers ([section]4.3): perfective ba- and imperfective ma-.
You see, expression of meaning determines everything about voice: its pitch, its inflective melodic path, its intensity, and its emotional color.
Unlike, for instance, English, Slovene is quite limited in this respect, also due to its highly inflective nature and its prescriptive tradition (cf.
In these examples, we have a lexical base followed by an inflective morpheme (Layer I, -es-, -a- or -(j)en-) marking nominative vs.
Inflective Medallion, a large circular mirror, bears a diagram modeled after one of Delsarte's, which assigns certain affects to particular hand gestures.
On the two-dimensional page of printed music, the inflective instructions of the z-axis appear rather sparse and general when compared to the specificity found in the representation of rhythmic and pitch structures.
All in all, the four inflective forms of the verb (infinitive, preterite singular, preterite plural and past participle) constitute bases of derivation but the most productive forms are the infinitive and the past participle, the preterite singular being the least productive.
Strictly speaking, the application of the inflective pattern of Romanian onto invariable English borrowings results in hybrid anglicisms (Onysko, 2004: 55).