What Are Some Examples Of A Root Word?


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Florent Lefortier Profile
In linguistics, a root word is the most important lexical unit of a word – this means that it carries the “core” meaning. In the English language, root words are usually Latin in origin.

How Do I Find Out What The Root Word Is?
The best way to start is by removing any prefixes and suffixes – these are the bits of words that go either side of the main root.

For example, in “impossible”, im- is a prefix and –ible is a suffix. The root word is poss which is Latin for “able to be.”

Common Examples of Root Words
  • Demo, meaning “people.” Examples include “demographic” and “democracy.”
  • Cardio, meaning “heart.” Examples include “cardiovascular” and “cardiology.”
  • Script, meaning “write.” Examples include “manuscript” and “prescription.”
  • Omni, meaning “all.” Examples include “omnipotent” and “omnivore.”
Hope that helps!
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Anonymous answered
Root words are the smallest part of a word without a beginning or ending on it.
Thousands of words have root words, I'm sure you can find lots of examples if you just look around for inspiration.

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