-ive

adjective suffix

Definition of -ive

:that performs or tends toward an (indicated) action
  • amusive

Origin and Etymology of -ive

Middle French -ive, from Latin -ivus


-IVE Defined for English Language Learners

-ive

adjective suffix

Definition of -ive for English Language Learners

  • : doing or tending to do something specified


-IVE Defined for Kids

-ive

adjective suffix \ iv \

Definition of -ive for Students

:that does or tends to do a specified action
  • explosive

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