isolative [ahy-suh-ley-tiv, is-uh-] Word Origin adjective
- noting a change in part of the sound of a word made independently of the phonetic environment of that part.
- (of a sound change) occurring in all linguistic environments, as the change of Middle English / iː / to Modern English / aɪ /, as in timeCompare combinative (def. 2)
- of, relating to, or concerned with isolation