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atonal

a·ton·al

atonal

pronunciation:
eI to nl
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition: in music, composed without a fixed key or scale.
derivations: atonally (adv.), atonality (n.)
Word Parts
The word atonal contains the following part:
a-1, an-1 Greek prefix that means not, without
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Words prefixed with a-1, an-1 are nouns and adjectives. Some are loanwords from Greek (amorphous , atrophy ). Others are English formations, which may attach the prefix to English words of Latin origin (asocial , amoral ) or Greek origin (apolitical). The form a-1 is used before bases beginning with a consonant, while an-1 is used before bases beginning with a vowel.