[pol-ee-sin-thet-ik] /ˌpɒl i sɪnˈθɛt ɪk/

(of a language) characterized by a prevalence of relatively long words containing a large number of affixes to express syntactic relationships and meanings. Many American Indian languages are polysynthetic.
Compare (def 3), (def 3).
of or relating to polysynthesism.
denoting languages, such as Inuktitut, in which single words may express the meaning of whole phrases or clauses by virtue of multiple affixes Compare synthetic (sense 3), analytic (sense 3), agglutinative (sense 2)


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