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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.
Recent Examples on the Web This liberalism also contains a correlative view of the individual self, attributing to it a completely autonomous will, unconstrained by moral or cultural commitments. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Meritocracy on Trial," 23 Dec. 2020 Many miscarriages still have unexplained causes, which makes any lead, correlative or not, a particularly interesting and worthwhile area of research. Jason Castro, Scientific American, "Does the Nose Talk to the Womb?," 8 Dec. 2020 So far, the results are strictly correlative, and in no way point to male odor as some kind of pheromonal smoking gun that explains pregnancy loss. Jason Castro, Scientific American, "Does the Nose Talk to the Womb?," 8 Dec. 2020 The results showed that some of the positivity rates in the city are correlative with areas that have large households. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, "One-third of people tested in the Bronx have coronavirus antibodies," 19 Aug. 2020 There is, admittedly, a tendency to blame media for violence -- from movies and TV to videogames --in a way that goes well beyond any correlative evidence. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Joker' is the latest case of commerce masquerading as art," 7 Oct. 2019 Most of the early claims are kind of preposterous, because the chronology wasn’t good enough to know that the discovery of fossils of Neanderthals, for example, were correlative with an excursion. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Earth’s Magnetic Field Could Take Longer to Flip Than Previously Thought," 8 Aug. 2019 Researchers have either had to confine their direct experiments to specific species or regions, or to seek wide-range correlative evidence without being able to point to definitive causes. Quanta Magazine, "A Thermodynamic Answer to Why Birds Migrate," 7 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of correlative

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Correlative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of correlative

formal : existing because something else exists : closely connected

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