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a word invented (usually unwittingly by subtracting an affix) on the assumption that a familiar word derives from it

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By tracing "the construction of the literary commodity against its medieval backformation," Joseph makes Tennyson an exemplary participant in Victorian cultural consumerism.
I would like to argue in this paper that Ha Jin's writing does not celebrate border crossing through creating postmodernist characters; rathpr, his singular focus on China embodies a form of crossing that results from a certain kind of translational backformation.
3) At the next stage, we have a verb compound to carwash through backformation.
What I hear is a pretentious backformation that draws attention to its inventor without benefit to the reader/listener.
Note that the sentence John is friends with Bill is an analogical backformation based on John and Bill are friends.
16) Whether or not such an addiction to the way musical echo effects can make "dying words live," as the poem "Far-Far-Away" would have it, is the essential Tennysonian impulse, that possibility may at any rate be read as an interpretive backformation of a Symbolist emphasis upon the force of sonal repetition.