ag·​i·​ta·​tive | \ ˈa-jə-ˌtā-tiv How to pronounce agitative (audio) \

Definition of agitative

: causing agitation

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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, "Miller: ‘Dull’ 3-on-3 overtime format takes Ducks, NHL backward," 4 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of agitative

1528, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agitative

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

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