how to pronounce expletive


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the above transcription of expletive is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

expletive is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of expletive in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… a more colorful expletive but public …”

meanings of expletive


  1. A word that adds to the strength of a phrase without affecting its meaning.
  2. A profane, vulgar term, notably a curse or obscene oath.
  3. A word without meaning added to fill a syntactic position.


  1. Marked by expletives (phrase-fillers).
  2. Serving to fill up, merely for effect, otherwise redundant.

expletive frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word expletive occurs in english on average 0.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics expletive can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that expletive can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

words with pronunciation similar to expletive


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