Prefixes in adjectives: Activity

unfortunate
unofficial
unshaven
unlawful
ungracious
indirect
incompetent
indecisive
involuntary
inexperienced
non-refundable
non-renewable
non-discriminatory
non-military
non-computer-literate
disrespectful
disloyal
dishonest
dissatisfied
dissimilar

inefficient
illegal
irrelevant
impatient
incapable
immobile
illiberal
irreverent

polite
regular
literate
reversible
moral
tolerable
responsible
active

polite impolite
regular irregular
literate illiterate
reversible irreversible
moral immoral
tolerable intolerable
responsible irresponsible
active inactive

semi-rural
semi-skimmed
semi-official
semi-urban
semi-automatic
multiracial
multicoloured
multilayered
multicellular
multilateral
antisocial
anti-Catholic
anti-inflationary
anti-democratic
antibacterial

1. semi-: 'partly'
2. multi-: 'many (or several)'
3. anti-: 'opposed to; opposite of; or preventing'
  • The prefix anti- is a little more complex in terms of meaning than the other two prefixes, as it has several slightly different meanings which are found in different examples.

  • semicircle
  • multimillionaire
  • anti-hero

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