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Occurring or placed after a word.
A word or particle occurring or placed after another word.

[Late Latin postpositīvus, from Latin postpositus, past participle of postpōnere, to put after; see postpone.]

post·pos′i·tive·ly adv.
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(Grammar) (of an adjective or other modifier) placed after the word modified, either immediately after, as in two men abreast, or as part of a complement, as in those men are bad
(Grammar) a postpositive modifier
postˈpositively adv
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(poʊstˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)
1. (of a word, particle, or affix) placed after a word to modify it or to show its relation to other elements of a sentence.
2. a postpositive word, particle, or affix; postposition.
[1780–90; < Latin postposit(us) (past participle of postpōnere; see postpone, posit) + -ive]
post•pos′i•tive•ly, adv.
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Adj.1.postpositive - (of a modifier) placed after another word
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[pəʊstˈpɒzɪtɪv] ADJpospositivo
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Since the intended readership includes undergraduates in fields other than classics, a glossary of rhetorical figures and grammatical terms, such as "postpositive," which she does not define, might have been useful.
"[W]hen there is a straightforward, parallel construction that ivolves all nouns or verbs in a series, a prepositive or postpositive modifier normally applies to the entire series." SCALIA & GARNER, supra note 40, at 147.
This variant incorporates a postpositive element pil-na 'with', which is attached to the head noun to form a comitative NP ([phrase omitted] 1995 : 171; Nikolaeva 1999a : 53), while the possessor can be either pronominal (like in this model) or nominal/lexical (like in Model 3).
The neuter plural ending -a in many Greek place names in the Near East may be explained by the Aramaic postpositive definite particle -a (written alef or he), indicating "status determinatus" or "status emphaticus" (suggestion by Theo Krispijn and Margaretha Folmer).
In terms of the philosophical assumptions of ontology and epistemology, CQR (Hill, 2012; Hill et al., 1997) methodology adopts predominantly constructivist ideologies, though there are also postpositive elements (Hill, Thompson, Knox, Williams, & Ladany, 2005).
"Beyond the rationality project: Policy analysis and the postpositive challenge." Policy Studies Journal 17 (4): 941-54.
Explanations of any 'a-' words in adjectival functions (predicative position, attributive position and/or in postpositive position) and in adverbial functions (adverbial, premodifier in adjective, adverb and prepositional phrases) are available in the literature and confirm their status as belonging to either one or the other, but not as members of the categorial space between adjectives and adverbs according to their common morphology, syntax or semantics (cf.
As the world gets more global all the time, the barricades of space and time are melting while postpositive thought of communication science is becoming very interdisciplinary.
They generally include a significant simplification of the declension system, the analytic expression of the future and of comparison (of adjectives and adverbs), a partial sensitivity of the case system, particularly visible on pronominal expressions, to Vocative, the loss of infinitive, the grammaticalization of the [+def] category through a postpositive article, the form of numerals between 11 and 19 and so-called clitic doubling.
The use of quantitative methods enabled the researchers to formulate assumptions from a postpositive, objective research approach (Creswell, 2003).
Spatial and relational terms such as TOPOLOGICAL and EUCLIDEAN crop up here and there on the Discrete and MANIFOLD panels, and in another intimation of ambiguity and multivalence, the intensifier WHATSOEVER is juxtaposed with POSTPOSITIVE. Above everything hangs Mondrian Corian (blue), a cube of white Corian held in a more or less rectilinear arrangement of black webbing.
(8) Alternatively, myhte in the passage in the Peterborough Chronicle might be regarded as impersonal, so that "aeuric man other be over myhte" might be rendered "everyone else whom in addition it was possible (to rob)." (9) The postpositive use of other, it should be added, is by no means very common in early Middle English, but it does occur, as in this example from Lazamon's Brut: "he uerde mid [thorn]an kinge.