Meaning of suppletive


Pronunciation: (su-plē'tiv, sup'li-tiv), [key]
— adj. Gram.
  1. serving as an inflected form of a word with a totally different stem, as went, the suppletive past of go.
  2. including one or more such forms: a suppletive paradigm.
  3. characterized by the use of such forms: suppletive inflection.
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