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Definition of nutritive

1 : of or relating to nutrition

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nutritively adverb

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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 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, "The Truth About Sugar Substitutes, According to Nutritionists," 10 Nov. 2020 Diet drinks contained only non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame or sucralose and natural sweeteners such as stevia. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Diet drinks linked to heart issues, study finds. Here's what to do," 26 Oct. 2020 The doctors tinkered with the formula, adding lemon, orange and a non-nutritive sweetener. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, The Indianapolis Star, "The fascinating tale of Gatorade's Indy beginnings: '99.9% of Indiana does not know this'," 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, "Don’t crush that ant—it could plant a wildflower," 11 Aug. 2020 The adverse effects of non-nutritive sucking can show up pretty quickly. Carla Bruce-eddings, New York Times, "Don’t Worry Too Much About Your Little Thumb-Sucker," 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, "Going to Mass Online Makes One Mindful," 9 Apr. 2020 The best part of buttermilk, though, has nothing to do with its taste or nutritive qualities. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "This Is the Best Way to Use Up Buttermilk," 8 Jan. 2020 The pair had been making raisins out of wine grapes since 2014, partly due to their nutritive qualities. Morgan Enos, Fortune, "How Northern California Winery Owners Are Rebuilding in the Aftermath of ‘Despair’," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of nutritive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nutritive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of nutritive

technical : of or relating to nutrition


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1 : of or relating to nutrition

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