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infinitesimal

in·fin·i·tes·i·mal

infinitesimal

 
 
pronunciation:
In f nih te s ml
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: adjective
definition: of a thing or quantity, too small to be measured or calculated.
The chances of winning the lottery are very small, but they are not infinitesimal.
synonyms:
microscopic, minuscule, minute
antonyms:
immense
similar words:
atomic, imperceptible, inconsiderable, insignificant, negligible, tiny, wee
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a quantity too small to be measured or calculated.
similar words:
iota, particle, trace
derivation: infinitesimally (adv.)
Word Parts
The word infinitesimal contains the following part:
in-2 Latin prefix that means not, without
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The prefix in-2 occurs in Latin loanwords and attaches to Latinate bases. The bases of most words prefixed with in-2 are independent adjectives (inadvertent , incognizant ), although the base adjective may no longer be in widespread use (as with incessant ). Exceptions include iniquitous and indignant . -in2 has multiple forms, as the 'n' sound in in-2 assimilates to the initial sound of the base to which it is attached. See the assimilated forms ig-, il-2, im-2, and ir-2.