Definition of preformative in English:

preformative

noun

  • Linguistics. Chiefly in Semitic languages: a syllable, particle, etc., prefixed as a formative element.

adjective

  • 1Linguistics. Chiefly in Semitic languages, of a syllable, particle, etc.: prefixed as a formative element.

  • 2That shapes, influences, or contains preformed elements of something which follows.

Origin

Late 18th century. From pre- + formative. In the specific uses in Semitic grammar after post-classical Latin praeformativus; compare German Präformativum, (now usually) Präformativ, nouns, präformativ, adjective. Compare afformative, afformative.

Pronunciation

preformative

/priːˈfɔːmətɪv/