il·​lu·​mi·​na·​tive i-ˈlü-mə-ˌnā-tiv How to pronounce illuminative (audio)
: of, relating to, or producing illumination : illuminating

Examples of illuminative in a Sentence

illuminative descriptions of the sights to be seen from the observatory gave us a much better idea of what we were looking at
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Word History

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of illuminative was in 1644

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“Illuminative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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