- a word that is formed from an existing word which looks as though it is a derivative, typically by removal of a suffix (e.g. edit from editor).；the linguistic process by which back-formations develop.
noun: back-formation, plural noun: back-formations
- IPA[ˈˌbæk ˌfɔrˈmeɪʃən]
- a word that is formed from an already existing word from which it appears to be a derivative, ...
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