back-formation back-formation

Definition(s):

  • (n) a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it

Usage(s):

  • Originally a singular meaning praise or glory, it has been misconstrued so often as a plural that, by a process lexicographers call back-formation, it has spawned a synthetic .
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pivotal pivotal
/ˈpɪ və təl /