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A word pronounced with so little emphasis that it is shortened and forms part of the following word, e.g. at in at home.Compare with enclitic
- ‘The indefinite article ‘a’ is a proclitic, a word that wants to merge phonologically with the word that follows it.’
Denoting or relating to a proclitic.
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin procliticus (from Greek proklinein lean forward), on the pattern of late Latin encliticus (see enclitic).
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