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The prefix a (an)

Noun-to-noun prefixation

The prefix a has a negative meaning. It is added to words of Latin or Greek origin. The variant an is used before vowels.

a + Leukämie = Aleukämie
Moral Amoral
Symmetrie Asymmetrie
All derivations

  • Variant an:
    When a word starts with a vowel, an is added instead of a:
    a + Alphabet = Analphabet
    Elastitizität Anelasitizität

a is also used:  with adjectives
in neoclassical formation of nouns
in neoclassical formation of adjectives

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