privative

adjective
priv·​a·​tive | \ ˈpri-və-tiv How to pronounce privative (audio) \

Definition of privative

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: constituting or predicating privation or absence of a quality non- is a privative prefix

privative

noun

Definition of privative (Entry 2 of 2)

: a privative term, expression, or proposition also : a privative prefix or suffix

Other Words from privative

Adjective

privatively adverb

First Known Use of privative

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1584, in the meaning defined above

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“Privative.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privative. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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