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(From Latin supplēre, 'to fill, supplement, complete'.) The term is used to describe the formal combination of words that are related semantically, but not etymologically. Suppletion is found a) in adjectives, when the forms used in gradation are derived from different roots, e.g. English good - better - best, Latin bonus - melior - optimus; b) in verbs, when different tense stems are found within the same paradigm, e.g. English be - is - was; Latin sum - fui; fero - tuli - latum; Greek λέγω - ἐρῶ - εἶπον (légō - erȏ - eȋpon); ὁράω - ὄψομαι - εἶδον (horáō - ópsomai - eȋdon). Within …

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Schröder, Bianca-Jeanette, “Suppletion”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 04 August 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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