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