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A clitic that is attached to the beginning of another word.
Of or relating to a proclitic or proclisis; forming an accentual unit with the following word.

[New Latin procliticus : pro- + Late Latin (en)cliticus, enclitic; see enclitic.]

pro·clit′i·ci·za′tion (-ə-sĭ-zā′shən), pro·clis′is (-klĭs′ĭs) n.
pro·clit′i·cize′ (-ə-sīz′) v.
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a. relating to or denoting a monosyllabic word or form having no stress or accent and pronounced as a prefix of the following word, as in English 't for it in 'twas
b. (in classical Greek) relating to or denoting a word that throws its accent onto the following word
(Linguistics) a proclitic word or form
[C19: from New Latin proclīticus, from Greek proklinein to lean forwards; formed on the model of enclitic]
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(proʊˈklɪt ɪk)
1. (of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
2. a proclitic word.
[1840–50; < New Latin proclīticus]
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