Is there a name for words, like unpremeditated or antidisestablishment, having two prefixes incorporated?
This question might have been much simpler had not grammarians long ago abducted the traditional Latin term for "prefix", praepositiō, and used it for another purpose.Wiktionary. "Prefix" is not easy to manipulate. "Position" might have been easier.
30 years ago I would not have imagined that the word agglutinated might serve a purpose in English Language matters, but, it seems it can.
There are examples of the terms *agglutinating, agglutinated, *etc, used in a grammatical sense in English today.
"Agglutination at the morphological level represents a mechanical adding of one or more affixal morphemes in pre-position, post-position or in interposition to the root morpheme. Somewhat different, however, is the quantitative representation of the parts of speech that are formed in the contrasted languages by means of preposed agglutinating morphemes."
" Synthetic verbs are single phonological words, formed by
agglutinating prefixes and suffixes to roots of a handful of verbs,
most of them
Some uses apply directly to English
"One section of the book, "Vice Verses," consists entirely of slightly naughty poems involving words that have been stripped of agglutinated prefixes." Good For You
Of course, none of this creates a term for a double prefixed word. Gone with "preposition" for "prefix" are possibilities not likely to be available with "prefix". Among them might have been "anteprepositioned" "preprepostioned", "diploprepositions", etc.
Given that no term for a two prefixed word seems forthcoming, at least with any credibility, agglutinated may fill the bill as well as any word.
1): To united or combine into a group or mass
2): To form words by agglutination Merriam Webster online
- The act or process of agglutinating; adhesion of distinct parts.
- A clumped mass of material formed by agglutination. Also called agglutinate.
- Biology The clumping together of cells or particles, especially bacteria or red blood cells, usually in the presence of a specific antibody or other substance.
- Linguistics The formation of words from morphemes that retain their original forms and meanings with little change during the combination process. The Free Dictionary.com
I would feel reasonably correct, if not precise, in using agglutinated to at least partially describe a two prefixed word.