cor·​rel·​a·​tive kə-ˈre-lə-tiv How to pronounce correlative (audio)
: naturally related : corresponding
: reciprocally related
: regularly used together but typically not adjacent
the correlative conjunctions either … or
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.
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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Correlative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: mutually related
: having a mutual grammatical relation and regularly used together
"either" and "or" are correlative conjunctions
correlatively adverb


2 of 2 noun
: either of two correlative things
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