Definition of Animacy

1. Noun. (linguistics) The characteristic of a noun, in some languages, that is dependent on its living or sentient nature; this characteristic affects grammatical features (it can modify verbs used with the noun, affect the noun's declension etc). ¹



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Definition of Animacy

1. the state of being alive [n -CIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Animacy

aniliniums
anilino naphthalenesulfonates
anilinophil
anilinophilous
anilins
anilism
anilite
anilities
anility
anilox
anils
anima
anima mundi
animable
animacies
animacy (current term)
animadversion
animadversions
animadversive
animadvert
animadverted
animadverter
animadverters
animadverting
animadverts
animal
animal(a)
animal-like
animal-worship
animal black

Literary usage of Animacy

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1. The Medical Jurisprudence of Insanity: With References to the Scotch and by John Hutton Balfour Browne (1880)
"... and in this sense moral notions would be coextensive with animacy— that part of nature which is out of the dominion of immediate consciousness. ..."

2. Ptolemy and the Foundations of Ancient Mathematical Optics: A Source Based by A. Mark Smith (1999)
"On the other hand, as a sentient entity, it is endowed with a certain level of animacy that permits it to "feel" the color-impression that arouses sight. ..."

3. Reconsidering Children's Early Development and Learning: Toward Common Views by Sharon Lynn Kagan, Evelyn Moore, United States, Sue Bredekamp (1995)
"The structure of these children's dialogues; the quality, complexity, and functions of the language they used; and such things as concreteness and animacy ..."

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