American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Functioning as an agent or cause.
- adj. Expressing causation. Used of a verb or verbal affix.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Effective as a cause or an agent; causal.
- In grammar, expressing causation: as, a causative verb: for example, to fell (cause to fall), to set (cause to sit); the causative conjugation of a verb, such as is common in Sanskrit. Also sometimes applied to the case by which cause is expressed, as the Latin ablative.
- n. A form of verb or noun having causative value.
- adj. Acting as a cause.
- n. linguistics An expression of an agent causing or forcing a patient to perform an action (or to be in a certain condition).
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Effective, as a cause or agent; causing.
- adj. Expressing a cause or reason; causal.
- n. A word which expresses or suggests a cause.
- adj. producing an effect
- From Latin causativus ("causative, pertaining to a lawsuit, accusative"), from causa ("cause"); see cause. (Wiktionary)
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“The TB bacterium was first identified as the causative agent of tuberculosis in 1882.”
“Prions, which are a special class of proteins, are best known as causative factors for mad cow and other neurodegenerative diseases.”
“This is perhaps the best answer to give to the question, so much discussed by the old logicians, as to what kind of causative influence the premises exert on the conclusion.”
“However, a statistical genetic association may be observed when the implicated SNP is in strong linkage disequilibrium with another ungenotyped, but "causative," SNP, often one that is in close proximity to the implicated SNP.”
“A bark fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica), the causative agent of a disease known as chestnut blight and accidentally introduced into North America from Asia early in the 20th century, almost caused the tree become extinct.”
“One big causative factor is the Israeli electoral system.”
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“If opioids are the causative agent, then we absolutely need better approaches to the management of pain in cancer.”
“But where is the proof that the schools are the causative factor?”
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