ag·​i·​ta·​tive ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce agitative (audio)
: causing agitation

Examples of agitative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a game where aggressive, even agitative play traditionally has been rewarded, overtime has, in some ways, taken hockey backward. Jeff Miller, Orange County Register, 4 Jan. 2017

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Word History


borrowed from Late Latin agitātīvus "producing movement," from Latin agitātus, past participle of agitāre "to set in motion, drive before one, agitate" + -īvus -ive

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agitative was in 1528

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Cite this Entry

“Agitative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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