nu·​tri·​tive | \ ˈnü-trə-tiv How to pronounce nutritive (audio) , ˈnyü- \

Definition of nutritive

1 : of or relating to nutrition

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nutritively adverb

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Examples of nutritive in a Sentence

the nutritive value of certain grains some people contend that whole wheat bread is significantly more nutritive than white bread
Recent Examples on the Web Objectives of the Hoosier Hay Contest are to promote forage production, inform hay producers on the nutritive value of their hay and encourage producers to sample and test their hay or baleage before feeding it to livestock. Post-tribune Staff,, 15 June 2021 People with pica will repeatedly consume non-nutritive, non-food substances, such as rocks or dirt. Colleen Murphy,, 24 Feb. 2021 Some brands of sugar alternatives (like Purecane and Better Body Foods Monk Fruit Blend) combine a sugar alcohol with a natural non-nutritive sugar substitute. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, 10 Nov. 2020 Diet drinks contained only non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose and natural sweeteners such as stevia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 26 Oct. 2020 The doctors tinkered with the formula, adding lemon, orange and a non-nutritive sweetener. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Oct. 2020 Certain plants attach a nutritive glob called an elaiosome to their seed coats, which serves as lunch for the ants’ young and gives ants a handle on seeds that can be bigger than their head. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 11 Aug. 2020 The adverse effects of non-nutritive sucking can show up pretty quickly. Carla Bruce-eddings, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2020 Those who know Christianity only from a distance are often slow to recognize its emphasis on the corporeal: the Incarnation, the Resurrection, the largely biomedical and nutritive miracles that pervade the gospels. Nicholas Frankovich, National Review, 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of nutritive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of nutritive

: of or relating to nutrition


nu·​tri·​tive | \ ˈnü-trə-tiv How to pronounce nutritive (audio) , ˈnyü- \

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nu·​tri·​tive | \ ˈn(y)ü-trət-iv How to pronounce nutritive (audio) \

Medical Definition of nutritive

1 : of or relating to nutrition


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