cor·​rel·​a·​tive | \ kə-ˈre-lə-tiv How to pronounce correlative (audio) \

Definition of correlative

1 : naturally related : corresponding
2 : reciprocally related
3 : regularly used together but typically not adjacent the correlative conjunctions either … or

Other Words from correlative

correlative noun
correlatively adverb

Examples of correlative in a Sentence

a doctor's duties and a patient's correlative rights As demand increases, we'll see a correlative increase in price.
Recent Examples on the Web However, Shanna Swan, Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City and one of the lead authors of the paper disagrees that the work is purely ‘correlative’ in nature. Victoria Forster, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Mattila and her team suspect the noise may function as an alarm signal since the noise peaked as hornets hovered outside the colony's entrance, but the data is correlative, so why bees' scream is not fully known, the New York Times reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2021 Penalties objectively are far easier to convert than the average chance, and also less correlative to a striker’s overall abilities. Ian Nicholas Quillen, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Ultimately, team performance is the most correlative variable to ticket sale numbers. Akeem Glaspie, The Indianapolis Star, 9 Sep. 2021 The Roe Court cited two progressive-era decisions which derogated the centuries-old right to refuse medical treatment and a physician’s correlative duty to obtain informed consent: Jacobson v. Massachusetts and Buck v. Bell. Adam J. Macleod, National Review, 26 Aug. 2021 These correlative studies all have limitations, but across them, a consistent pattern emerges—one supported by a closer look at the U.S. response. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 9 June 2021 Today’s machine learning is at its core a correlative tool. Rob Toews, Forbes, 1 June 2021 What Tamaseb found: the number of co-founders a company has and the age of its founders are not correlative to its likelihood of becoming a billion-dollar business eventually. Alex Konrad, Forbes, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of correlative

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of correlative was in 1530

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14 Jan 2022

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“Correlative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of correlative

: existing because something else exists : closely connected


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