ab·​sorb·​a·​tive əb-ˈsȯr-bə-tiv How to pronounce absorbative (audio)
-ˈzȯr- also ab-
: absorptive
He had enjoyed the life with the peculiar appropriative, assimilative, absorbative gust of the typical schoolboy.L. B. Walford, Longman's Magazine, 1893
… mycorrhizae increase the absorbative power of root systems … by 10 to 1,000 times.Rachel Foster, Eugene Weekly, 8 Nov. 2007

Word History


absorb + -ative

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of absorbative was in 1846

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“Absorbative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/absorbative. Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

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