formative element

formative element
Gram.
1. a morpheme that serves as an affix, not as a base, or root, in word formation.
2. any noninflectional morpheme, whether base or affix.
[1870-75]

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formative element,
Grammar. an element, such as a prefix or suffix, that is used to form words; morpheme. Words are made from other words by adding suffixes, such as -ly and -ness, or prefixes, such as pre- and com-.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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