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Etymology

[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] supplere "to supply," perfect stem supplet-, + -ion.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /səˈpliːʃən/

Noun

suppletion (uncountable)

  1. The supplying of something lacking.
  2. (grammar) The use of an unrelated word or phrase to supply inflected forms otherwise lacking, e.g. using “to be able” as the infinitive of “can”, or “better” as the comparative of “good”.

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