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Meaning of periphrastic

per•i•phras•tic

Pronunciation: (per"u-fras'tik), [key]
— adj.
  1. circumlocutory; roundabout.
  2. noting a construction of two or more words having the same syntactic function as an inflected word, as of Mr. Smith in the son of Mr. Smith, which is equivalent to Mr. Smith's in Mr. Smith's son.
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