partitive

adjective
par·​ti·​tive | \ ˈpär-tə-tiv How to pronounce partitive (audio) \

Definition of partitive

1 : serving to part or divide into parts
2a : of, relating to, or denoting a part a partitive construction
b : serving to indicate the whole of which a part is specified partitive genitive

Other Words from partitive

partitively adverb

First Known Use of partitive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Partitive.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/partitive. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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