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aug·​men·​ta·​tive ȯg-ˈmen-tə-tiv How to pronounce augmentative (audio)
: able to augment
grammar : indicating large size and sometimes awkwardness or unattractiveness
used of words and affixes
compare diminutive


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: an augmentative word or affix

Examples of augmentative in a Sentence

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With the advent of generative AI, possibilities will now rapidly expand into assistive or augmentative use cases for multiple personas. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Rather than rendering human oversight obsolete, AI serves as an augmentative tool, streamlining decision-making, enhancing foresight and cultivating proactive leadership dynamics. Farshad Asl, Forbes, 13 Feb. 2024 Though still slower than typical speech, these new BCIs are faster than existing augmentative and alternative communication systems, writes Betts Peters, a speech-language pathologist at Oregon Health and Science University. Rupendra Brahambhatt, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2023 Apps for Communication Not too long ago, augmentative communication devices for nonverbal or low-verbal people were outrageously expensive, heavy, and difficult to use. Lisa Jo Rudy, Verywell Health, 21 Aug. 2023 Future augmentative applications of artificial intelligence could change the landscape of effective CI by representing preferences in deliberative contexts, using language models to identify argumentation gaps or points of consensus, or computing consensus across clusters of opinions. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 Mid-Tech At the mid-range, there are apps for both augmentative communication and speech therapy. Lisa Jo Rudy, Verywell Health, 7 Mar. 2023 Eventually, these decisions might be supported by augmentative AI assistants to navigate the complexity. Wired, 15 Aug. 2022 Speech therapists say that compared to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, which are medically essential for some with disabilities, Dunn’s device offers simplicity. Amanda Florian, Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of augmentative was in the 15th century

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“Augmentative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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