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Latin Prefixes

 

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You'll find the most common prefixes from the Latin Language below along with their meanings and an example of how they are used in English words.

What's true about the Greek prefixes and stated on the page concerning them, holds true for Latin as well.

In case you missed the page on Greek prefixes I'll say it again here. Learning the prefixes, suffixes and roots found in this site will help you with your knowledge of the English Language.

Why? 
 
How? 

It's because many words in English-- that's many, many words in English -- are made up of Latin prefixes or suffixes added to a root, or root word.

So, once again, learning Latin prefixes will help you in your study of the English Language.


Latin Prefixes Meanings Usage

ab, abs away, away from abnormal, abstract
ad to, towards, at adhere, admire, admit
am around amputate
ambi both ambivalent, ambidextrous
ante before antediluvian, antecedent
bi two bifocals, bicameral
circum around circumnavigate, circumcise
co
com
con
col

with, together
co-worker
compress
conjoin
collate
contra against contradict
de down, away from decrease, descend
dis away distract
ef
ex
out
out of
effluent
exit
endo within indoctrinate
epi on, upon epicenter
extra beyond extraterrestrial
il
in
im
ir

against, opposite
illegitimate
insufficient
impolite
irregular
infra below infrared
inter between intercollegiate
intro within introspection
ob against object, obstruct
non not nonlethal
per through perfect
post after, behind post-modern, post script PS
pre before prenatal, prelude
re back, again rewind, retreat
retro backward retrofit, retrospect
sin without sincere
semi half semisphere
sub under, below substandard, subpar
super above, over superman, supermarket
trans across transcontinental
ultra beyond, above ultrathin, ultraviolet


   


To learn more about prefixes in general and Latin prefixes in particular, just click on the previous link.