suppletion definition by Webster's New World
- the occurrence of an allomorph of a morpheme which has no phonological similarity to the other allomorphs (Ex.: the -en of oxen, as opposed to a form ending in -s)
- the use of an unrelated word (suppletive form) in a paradigm (Ex.: went for the past tense of go)
- the morphological process by which such replacement occurs
Origin: Middle English supplecioun ; from Midieval Latin suppletio ; from Classical Latin suppletus: see suppletory
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- suppletive adjective
suppletion definition by American Heritage Dictionary
The use of an unrelated form to complete a paradigm, as the past tense went of the verb go, goes, going, gone.
Origin: From Latin supplētus, past participle of supplēre, to supply; see supply.