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in·fin·i·tes·i·mal

infinitesimal

 
 
pronunciation:
In f nih te s ml
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
features:
Word Combinations (adjective), 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
Word Combinations  About this feature
adverb + (adj.)infinitesimal almost, virtually
(adj.)infinitesimal + noun amount, atom, bit, carbon, chance, chemical, crack, detail, dna, dose, earth, entity, floor, fraction, fragment, gesture, kitchen, loop, material, matter, moment, nerve, number, part, particle, path, percentage, piece, pixel, portion, prominence, proportion, protection, quantity, range, risk, sales, scale, second, slice, space, speck, substance, synapse, tape [See all][See only the most frequent]
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a quantity too small to be measured or calculated.
similar words:
iota, particle, trace
derivation: infinitesimally (adv.)
Word Parts  About this feature
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.