yüˈsərpətiv sometimes -ˈzər-
: of or constituting usurpation : usurping
the tyranny of some usurpative minorityNineteenth Century & After

Word History


Late Latin usurpativus wrongly used, from Latin usurpatus (past participle of usurpare to usurp) + -ivus -ive

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“Usurpative.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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