-ative

adjective suffix

Definition of -ative

: of, relating to, or connected with
  • authoritative
: tending to
  • talkative

Origin and Etymology of -ative

Latin -ativus, from -atus -ate + -ivus -ive


-ATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

-ative

adjective suffix

Definition of -ative for English Language Learners

  • : relating to or connected with something

  • : designed to do something

  • : tending to do something


-ATIVE Defined for Kids

-ative

adjective suffix \ ə-tiv , ˌā- \

Definition of -ative for Students

1 : of, relating to, or connected with
  • authoritative
2 : designed to do something
  • informative
3 : tending to
  • talkative

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