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  • adjective Dated form of flectional.


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flexion +‎ -al


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  • The more important elements of differentiation between this latter and classic Latin were these: phonologically, it made principles of vowel quality and syllabic stress superior to the classic distinction of quantitation; morphologically, it tended greatly toward simplification, since it ignored many of the classic flexional variations; syntactically, its analytical methods prevailed over the complicated system of word-order which the elaborateclassic inflexions made possible.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon 1840-1916 1913

  • I refer to the renouncing of the distribution of its nouns into masculine, feminine, and neuter, as in German, or even into masculine and feminine, as in French; and with this, and as a necessary consequence of this, the dropping of any flexional modification in the adjectives connected with them.

    English Past and Present Richard Chenevix Trench 1846

  • It will fare not otherwise, as I am bold to predict, with the flexional genitive, formed in ‘s’ or ‘es’ (see p. 161).

    English Past and Present Richard Chenevix Trench 1846

  • Because modern English has shed most of its flexional endings, its words are endowed with the happy facility of changing their so-called parts of speech with great ease.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 3 1983


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