aug·​men·​ta·​tive | \ ȯg-ˈmen-tə-tiv How to pronounce augmentative (audio) \

Definition of augmentative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : able to augment
2 grammar : indicating large size and sometimes awkwardness or unattractiveness used of words and affixes — compare diminutive



Definition of augmentative (Entry 2 of 2)

: an augmentative word or affix

Examples of augmentative in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Here’s a link to an article signposting Autistic AAC writers (augmentative and alternative communication devices) and here’s a link to a blog explaining why some Autistic people find Autism Awareness Month triggering and traumatic. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, "Autism Acceptance Not Awareness: A Perspective Shift Is Needed," 28 Apr. 2021 Approval for augmentative communication devices has resumed. State Of Denial, ProPublica, "People with Developmental Disabilities Were Promised Help. Instead, They Face Delays and Denials.," 6 Nov. 2020 The film’s trailer portrays Music as a nonverbal teenager who uses augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Alaina Leary,, "Sia, Stories About Autism Should Centre Autistic People. Period.," 23 Nov. 2020 Then, in October 2017, Ka turned in paperwork to get Kyra approved for an augmentative communication device, a tablet that allows people with autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions that make communication difficult to express themselves. State Of Denial, ProPublica, "People with Developmental Disabilities Were Promised Help. Instead, They Face Delays and Denials.," 6 Nov. 2020 For children with autism spectrum disorder with nonverbal communication or who have complex communication needs, consider using a tool, called an augmentative and alternative communication device, to supplement their speech. J. Ganz, The Conversation, "5 tips for parents to build communication skills with children with autism spectrum disorder," 8 Aug. 2019 In this chapter, late in the book, Newman gallops through all the continuing experiments that use technology to lift and unleash the autistic (including my own effort to build augmentative technologies). Ron Suskind, New York Times, "A Family Memoir Makes the Case That Autism Is Different, Not Less," 16 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of augmentative


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1616, in the meaning defined above

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