Definitions for back formation

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back′ forma`tion(n.)

  1. the analogical creation of one word from another word that appears to be a derived or inflected form of the first by dropping the apparent affix or by modification.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. a word so formed, as typewrite from typewriter.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of back formation:

1885–90

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