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    In this sentence:

    ‘The king was deposed.’

    Can we say the prefix used here is reversive, since de- makes the meaning opposite?

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    Re: reversive?

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    In my opinion, "de-" is not acting as a prefix here, as the words "pose" and "depose" don't have opposite meanings, just different meanings, and have different historical roots.

    It would be nice if "depose" (or de-pose) were to mean "stop posing" or "to stop from posing." My dictionary doesn't list this meaning, however. Indeed, "unpose" is not given as a verb either- the closest I can come is the adjective "unposed."

    Last edited by Greg Forbes; 19-Nov-2008 at 05:38. Reason: addition

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    Re: reversive?

    This is where resorting to the etymological dictionary can help: Online Etymology Dictionary


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