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Occurring or placed before another word.
A word or particle occurring or placed before another word.
[Late Latin praepositīvus, from Latin praepositus, past participle of praepōnere, to put in front; see preposition1.]
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(Grammar) (of a word or speech element) placed before the word governed or modified
(Grammar) a prepositive element
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pre•pos•i•tive(priˈpɒz ɪ tɪv)
(of a word, particle, or affix) placed before a word to modify it or to show its relation to other parts of the sentence.
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