Etymology
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Words related to -ive

extrusive (adj.)

"of or pertaining to extrusion or that which has been extruded," especially in geology, of rock that has been thrust out of the earth by volcanic activity, 1816, from Latin extrus-, past-participle stem of extrudere "thrust out; drive away" (see extrusion) + -ive. Related: Extrusively.

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factitive (adj.)

"causative, expressive of making or causing," 1813, from Latin factus, past participle of facere "to make, do" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put") + -ive.

generative (adj.)

late 14c., "reproductive, pertaining to propagation," from generate + -ive. Use in linguistics is attested by 1959. Related: Generativity.

hesitative (adj.)

"given to hesitation, showing hesitation," 1795, from hesitate + -ive. Related: Hesitatively.

illusive (adj.)

"deceptive, false, illusory," 1670s, from stem of illusion + -ive. The older adjective is illusory.

illustrative (adj.)

"tending to illustrate," 1640s, from illustrat-, past-participle stem of Latin illustrare (see illustration) + -ive.

imitative (adj.)

1580s, probably from imitate + -ive; or else from French imitatif, from Late Latin imitativus, from imitat-, stem of Latin imitari "to copy, portray" (from PIE root *aim- "to copy").

implicative (adj.)

"tending to implicate," c. 1600, from implicate + -ive. Related: Implicatively (1570s).

impressive (adj.)

1590s, "capable of being easily impressed" (a sense now rare or obsolete), from impress (v.1) + -ive. Meaning "capable of making an impression on the mind or senses, tending to excite attention and feeling" is from 1775. Related: Impressively; impressiveness.

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