Ag*glu"ti*na*tive (#), a. [Cf. F. agglutinatif.]
Pertaining to agglutination; tending to unite, or having power to cause adhesion; adhesive.
Formed or characterized by agglutination, as a language or a compound.
In agglutinative languages the union of words may be compared to mechanical compounds, in inflective languages to chemical compounds.
Cf. man-kind, heir-loom, war-like, which are agglutinative compounds. The Finnish, Hungarian, Turkish, the Tamul, etc., are agglutinative languages.
Agglutinative languages preserve the consciousness of their roots.
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