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(of a noun, pronoun, or adjective in a highly inflected language) having no inflections.
- ‘The verbal indeclinable participle may be formed from transitive and intransitive verbs.’
- ‘In the absence of a declension class (indeclinable nouns), neuter agreement is assigned.’
- ‘However, another relatively modern dictionary states that nostras is an indeclinable Latin adjective used in medicine in reference to diseases with external clinical aspects analogous to those of exotic diseases, i.e. unusual, different or strange diseases.’
- ‘In Latin, prepositions are indeclinable (they do not have endings); the object of a Latin preposition will be in either the ablative or the accusative case.’
- ‘The Adverbial Compounds generally take the neuter gender and are indeclinable.’
Late Middle English: via French from Latin indeclinabilis, from in- not + declinabilis able to be inflected (see decline).
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