nu·​tri·​tive | \ˈnü-trə-tiv, ˈnyü-\

Definition of nutritive 

1 : of or relating to nutrition

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nutritively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for nutritive


nourishing, nutrient, nutritional, nutritious


nonnutritious, nonnutritive

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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

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Because of its nutritive value and ability to withstand severe drought, moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 Studies point to the plant’s litany of therapeutic and nutritive properties — a powerhouse packed with iron, Vitamins A, B and C, protein, and potassium. Nikhita Venugopal, Bon Appetit, "I Grew Up Eating This Common Indian Vegetable. Now It's a Wellness 'Superfood.'," 14 May 2018 Plants contain a number of chemical compounds, some of which have nutritive, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Bel Dumé, Scientific American, "For Better Skin Care, Start With Better Combinations of Ingredients," 4 May 2018 Yet combining monk fruit extract with another non-nutritive (in other words, zero-calorie) sweetener, like the popular sugar alcohol erythritol, isn’t ideal either. Anthea Levi,, "What Is Monk Fruit Sweetener and Is It a Healthy Option?," 11 Apr. 2018 This is a process of reconnecting with resources and wellsprings that are profoundly nutritive for you. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes January 15-21," 5 Apr. 2018 Twinkies Snack cakes, candy and other high calorie foods with little or no nutritive value need to be reduced to remain at a healthy weight., "The five best foods for your health — and the five to avoid," 15 Mar. 2018 All of Bogdanovich's food bestows the same nutritive powers on people who truly are in need of it. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Balkan Grill Company is the king of road food," 11 Oct. 2017 Female bugs use their gynosomes to receive not only sperm, but also a cocktail of highly nutritive substances, the team reported in 2014 in Current Biology. Giorgia Guglielmi, Science | AAAS, "Cats that behave like liquids, tampons that play music, and other ‘advances’ honored with Ig Nobel Prizes," 15 Sep. 2017

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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, ˈnyü-\

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nu·​tri·​tive | \ˈn(y)ü-trət-iv \

Medical Definition of nutritive 

1 : of or relating to nutrition

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