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

Example Sentences

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 focus on southern states is correlative to the country’s overall digital gap. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 28 Sep. 2022 Additionally, this stat has proved somewhat correlative with finishing position recently; Burns was tied for third in bogey avoidance while Garcia was tied for fourth. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 The correlative stat also receives the second-most importance among those five stats and seven of the 10 Par 4s fall under 450 yards. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 26 Sep. 2022 The correlative evidence between loot box engagement and problem gambling symptoms is robust. Wired, 29 July 2022 Still, protection from severe disease is expected to be strong based on the correlative protection seen in adults. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 The findings also point out that the pressure to overwork has been correlative to gender. Jasmine Browley, Essence, 19 Apr. 2022 The standard introduces the very important idea of mapping Hazard Analysis and Risk Assessment (HARA), thereby providing a basis for correlative analyses and mitigation. Rahul Razdan, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 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 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Correlative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

correlative 1 of 2


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


2 of 2


: either of two correlative things
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