Words related to -ive

protractive (adj.)

"drawing out or lengthening in time," c. 1600, from protract (v.) + -ive.

purposive (adj.)

"accomplishing some end; having an aim or purpose," 1849, from purpose (n.) + -ive. By 1884 in psychology, etc., "relating to conscious or unconscious purpose in behavior." Related: Purposively; purposiveness

quantitive (adj.)

a rare variant of quantitative, 1650s, from quantity + -ive. Related: Quantitively.

radiative (adj.)
"having a tendency to radiate," 1820, from radiate (v.) + -ive. Related: Radiativity.
reactive (adj.)

1712, "repercussive, echoing," a sense now obsolete, from react + -ive. By 1822 as "caused by a reaction;" 1888 as "susceptible to (chemical) reaction." Related: Reactively; reactiveness; reactivity.

recessive (adj.)

1670s, "tending to recede, going backward," from Latin recess-, past-participle stem of recedere "to go back, fall back" (see recede) + -ive. Linguistics sense in ancient Greek grammar is from 1879; in genetics, of a hereditary trait present but not perceptibly expressed in the individual organism, 1900, from German recessiv (Mendel, 1865). Related: Recessively; recessiveness.

reclusive (adj.)

1590s, of things, places, etc., "affording retirement from society," from recluse (q.v.) + -ive. By 20c. it was used predominantly of persons, "tending to live a retired life and mix little in society." Related: Reclusively; reclusiveness. Recluse alone formerly served also as an adjective in English (early 13c.).

recursive (adj.)

1790, "periodically recurring," from Latin recurs-, stem of recurrere "run back" (see recur) + -ive. Mathematical sense is from 1934. Related: Recursively; recursiveness.

redemptive (adj.)

"redeeming, serving to redeem," 1640s, from redempt (mid-15c.), adjective from Latin redemptus, past participle of redimere "to redeem, buy back" (see redemption) + -ive. Related: Redemptively. Other adjective forms were redemptory (1590s), redemptoric (1889); redemptorial (1823).

redistributive (adj.)

"of or pertaining to redistribution," especially of wealth, 1860; see redistribute + -ive. Related: Redistributively.

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