Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Functioning as an agent or cause.
  • adj. Expressing causation. Used of a verb or verbal affix.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Acting as a cause.
  • n. An expression of an agent causing or forcing a patient to perform an action (or to be in a certain condition).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Effective, as a cause or agent; causing.
  • adj. Expressing a cause or reason; causal.
  • n. A word which expresses or suggests a cause.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. producing an effect

Etymologies

From Latin causativus ("causative, pertaining to a lawsuit, accusative"), from causa ("cause"); see cause. (Wiktionary)

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