additive

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adjective

ad·​di·​tive ˈa-də-tiv How to pronounce additive (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or characterized by addition
an additive process
2
: produced by addition
3
: characterized by, being, or producing effects (such as drug responses or gene products) that when the causative factors act together are the sum of their individual effects
additively adverb
additivity noun

additive

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noun

: a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties
food additives

Examples of additive in a Sentence

Adjective certain drugs have additive effects when taken in conjunction with each other that one doesn't see when any one is used alone Noun a gasoline additive to reduce pollution
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Beetroot powder is an additive in baked goods like breads, cakes, and cookies for red coloring. Jillian Kubala, Health, 9 July 2024 The only strategy for reducing total methane output that’s ready to go today is a synthetic feed additive. Bob Holmes, Discover Magazine, 29 June 2024
Noun
And depending on what the additives are, all sorts of lung problems. Ticked Off, Orlando Sentinel, 8 July 2024 Just Cake is run by two sisters who take pride in avoiding additives or preservatives and charm customers with their friendliness, passion, and baking skills. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for additive 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

borrowed from Late Latin additīvus, from Latin additus (past participle of addere "to add") + -īvus -ive

Noun

derivative of additive entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1901, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of additive was in 1648

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Cite this Entry

“Additive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/additive. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

additive

1 of 2 adjective
ad·​di·​tive ˈad-ət-iv How to pronounce additive (audio)
: relating to or produced by addition
additively adverb

additive

2 of 2 noun
: a substance added to another in small amounts to give or improve desirable qualities or decrease unwanted qualities
a gasoline additive
additives which color, flavor, or preserve food

Medical Definition

additive

1 of 2 adjective
ad·​di·​tive ˈad-ət-iv How to pronounce additive (audio)
: having or relating to a value or effect that is the sum of individual values or effects: as
a
: relating to the sum of the pharmacological responses produced by the concurrent administration of two or more drugs capable of producing the same kind of effect
b
: having a genetic effect that is the sum of the individual effects
additively adverb
additivity noun
plural additivities

additive

2 of 2 noun
: a substance added to another in relatively small amounts to effect a desired change in properties
especially : an agent added to a foodstuff to improve color, flavor, texture, or keeping qualities

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