adjective \ˈk-zə-tiv\

: making something happen or exist : causing something

Full Definition of CAUSATIVE

:  effective or operating as a cause or agent <causative bacteria of cholera>
:  expressing causation; specifically :  being a linguistic form that indicates that the subject causes an act to be performed or a condition to come into being
causative noun
caus·a·tive·ly adverb

Examples of CAUSATIVE

  1. A virus was found to be the causative agent of smallpox.

First Known Use of CAUSATIVE

15th century


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