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

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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.

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The relationship among filters, Photoshop apps, and plastic surgery apps is certainly correlative, if not causative. Lizzie Plaugic, The Verge, "Inside the surreal, probably inevitable world of plastic surgery apps," 6 Apr. 2018 Quarterback play and making good on those picks will play a bigger role than quantity in whether a team makes a run, but the proof is in the numbers in terms of the correlative success seen in the league by the pick accumulation strategy. Paul Dehner Jr.,, "BX: Cincinnati Bengals top NFL in draft pick accumulation, but does it matter?," 23 Feb. 2018 The initial evidence in these cases tends to be statistical and correlative—an unexplained blip in the rate of patient deaths that happens to be clustered on certain days or nursing shifts. Daniel Engber, Slate Magazine, "She didn’t brag. She didn’t leave clues. She killed her patients, then went home to play computer games.," 24 July 2017 Although this is not a causal link, the correlative relationship must be underscored. Preston Mitchum, The Root, "Remembering The Pulse Nightclub Tragedy: One Year Later," 12 June 2017 The problem was the findings were merely correlative and didn’t show that consuming a high-fat diet causes heart disease. Dorothy Kieffer,, "Eat fat to lose weight? Scientists say it’s the smart thing to do," 29 May 2017 John Somers developed a program that monitored the degree of decay in each frame and created a correlative audio component, giving the film an even more haunting quality. Kevin Crust,, "Filmmaker Bill Morrison mines cinematic silver and narrative gold in the documentary 'Dawson City: Frozen Time'," 15 June 2017 It’s also simply a correlative study, not able to determine causation even in the best of cases. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Milk alternatives stunt kids’ height, says doctor with dairy industry ties," 10 June 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of correlative

formal : existing because something else exists : closely connected

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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