Etymology
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Words related to -ive

allative (adj.)

in reference to the grammatical case expressing "motion towards," 1854, with -ive + Latin allat-, past participle stem of the irregular verb adferre/affere "to bring to;" from assimilated form of ad "to" (see ad-) + lātus "borne, carried" (see oblate (n.)).

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alliterative (adj.)
1764, "characterized by alliteration," from stem of alliteration + -ive. Related: Alliteratively; Alliterativeness.
allusive (adj.)
"involving allusions," c. 1600, from Latin allus-, past participle stem of alludere "to joke, jest" (see allude) + -ive. Related: Allusively; allusiveness.
amative (adj.)
1630s, "disposed to love or sexual passion," from Latin amat-, past participle stem of amare "to love" (see Amy) + -ive. Related: Amativeness.
ameliorative (adj.)
"tending to make better," 1796, from ameliorate + -ive.
appositive (adj.)
1690s, "applicable," from Latin apposit-, past participle stem of apponere "set near, set before; apply, give in addition; appoint, designate" (see apposite) + -ive. As a noun in grammar, "words in apposition," from 1847.
appreciative (adj.)
1650s (implied in appreciatively); see appreciate + -ive. Related: Appreciativeness.
argumentative (adj.)
mid-15c., "pertaining to arguments," from Old French argumentatif "able to argue or reason well," or directly from Medieval Latin argumentat-, past participle stem of argumentari "adduce proof, draw a conclusion," from argumentum (see argument) + -ive. Meaning "fond of arguing" is recorded from 1660s. Related: Argumentatively; argumentativeness.
assertive (adj.)
1560s, "declaratory, positive, full of assertion," from assert (v.) + -ive. Meaning "insisting on one's rights or authority" is short for self-assertive.
assimilative (adj.)
1520s; see assimilate + -ive. Alternative assimilatory is from 1775.

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