mid-15c., narratif, "biographical, historical," from Late Latin narrativus "suited to narration," from Latin narrat-, stem of narrare "to tell, relate, recount, explain" (see narration). Meaning "of or pertaining to narration" is from c. 1600.
"a tale, a story, a connected account of the particulars of an event or series of incidents," 1560s, from Middle French narrative and from narrative (adj.).
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