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causative

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adjective caus·a·tive \ˈkȯ-zə-tiv\

Simple Definition of causative

  • : making something happen or exist : causing something

Full Definition of causative

  1. 1 :  effective or operating as a cause or agent <causative bacteria of cholera>

  2. 2 :  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.



15th Century

First Known Use of causative

15th century


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