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Root Word

The basic form of a word that still carries meaning, to which affixes may be attached to create other words. Root words may be free or independent (e.g.: the root word read, which can be turned into unreadable), or bound or dependent (e.g.: -liter- in the word illiterate, which cannot be used on its own, but still retains meaning).
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