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    Term for words like 'inept'

    Someone asked me if there's a special term for words that are used with the negative prefix only like inept/ungainly, etc. I know unpaired and negative orphan, but I think they were after something else- is there another term for them, something multisyllabic that groans with the weight of its Greek/Latin roots?

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    Re: Term for words like 'inept'

    Maybe you're looking for "absent antonyms"? Absent Antonyms
    It isn't very multisyllabic though.

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    Re: Term for words like 'inept'

    Again, not what they're after.

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