as·​sim·​i·​la·​tive | \ ə-ˈsi-mə-ˌlā-tiv How to pronounce assimilative (audio) , -lə-tiv \

Definition of assimilative

: of, relating to, or causing assimilation

Examples of assimilative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ghazi, who is eighty-four and barely speaks Hebrew, said that his views reflected the assimilative nature of Maghar. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 This argument undergirds the religious assimilative efforts of the original colonists, the displacement and the ensuing death marches, and the Allotment Era legislation that sought to chisel away at tribal lands piece by piece. Nick Martin, The New Republic, 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of assimilative

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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29 Oct 2021

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“Assimilative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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as·​sim·​i·​la·​tive | \ ə-ˈsim-ə-ˌlāt-iv, -lət- How to pronounce assimilative (audio) \

Medical Definition of assimilative

: of, relating to, or causing assimilation


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