causative

adjective caus·a·tive \ ˈkȯ-zə-tiv \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of causative

1 :effective or operating as a cause or agent
  • causative bacteria of cholera
2 :expressing causation; specifically :being a linguistic form that indicates that the subject causes an act to be performed or a condition to come into being

causative

noun

causatively

adverb

Examples of causative in a Sentence

  1. A virus was found to be the causative agent of smallpox.

Origin and Etymology of causative

Middle English causatyf (as noun; Old Scots causative as adjective), borrowed from Medieval Latin causātīvus, going back to Late Latin, "expressing reason, of a cause," from Latin causātus (past participle of causārī "to plead an action in law, plead as an excuse") + -īvus -ive — more at 2cause


CAUSATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

causative

adjective

Definition of causative for English Language Learners

  • : making something happen or exist : causing something


Law Dictionary

causative

adjective caus·a·tive \ ˈkȯ-zə-tiv \

legal Definition of causative

1 :effective or operating as a cause
  • the causative negligent act
2 :causal 2
  • the causative link between stress and coronary artery disease
  • National Law Journal

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