Definitions

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

  • adj. Giving or constituting a name; naming.
  • adj. Formed from a noun or an adjective.
  • n. A word, especially a verb, that is derived from a noun or an adjective.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. deriving from a noun, or from an adjective, such as the verb destruct from the noun destruction.
  • adj. being a name
  • n. a verb that is derived from a noun or adjective

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Conferring a denomination or name.
  • adj. Connotative.
  • adj. Possessing, or capable of possessing, a distinct denomination or designation; denominable.
  • adj. Derived from a substantive or an adjective.
  • n. A denominative name or term; denominative verb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of receiving a denomination or name; namable.
  • Constituting a distinct appellation; appellative; naming.
  • In grammar, formed from a noun- or adjective-stem: applied especially to verbs so made.
  • n. That which has the character of a denomination, or term that denominates or describes.
  • n. Specifically, in grammar, a word, especially a verb, formed from a noun, either substantive or adjective.

Etymologies

de- (“from”) +‎ nominative (“naming”) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Even when certain verbs called denominative are derived from nominal stems, these latter are generally found to be radically dependent on other verbal forms.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 7: Gregory XII-Infallability

  • No one has ever found the linguistic prototype or origin of this curious denominative in a manner that would satisfy everyone, but it is also not unremarkable that in the Gospel of John he is also called 'Judas the son' or 'brother of Simon Iscariot' and at one point even 'Judas the Iscariot' (John 6: 71, 14: 22, etc.).

    Robert Eisenman: Rehabilitating 'Judas Iscariot'

  • No one has ever found the linguistic prototype or origin of this curious denominative, but it is not unremarkable that in the Gospel of John he is also called "Judas the son" or "brother of Simon Iscariot" and, at one point, even "the Iscariot" (cf. John 6: 71, 14: 22, etc.).

    Robert Eisenman: Gospel Fiction and the Redemonization of Judas

  • But when one of these denominative terms is present in the subject, there must be present another denominative term that follows on it necessarily which is the predicate, as in: everything walking is moving.

    Arabic and Islamic Philosophy of Language and Logic

  • The former necessarily entail singular substances as their substrates, since individuals alone can undergo change, while the latter can directly inhere in both individual and universal substances (insunt denominative tam communibus quam singularibus - De universalibus, p. 188).

    William Penbygull

  • E.g. the injunction indeed a denominative verb here "Sodemieter op!" means "scram"!

    languagehat.com: SO.

  • A denominative term such as ˜white™ signifies by imposition a substance that is white, but it signifies by representation the whiteness inhering in the substance.

    Mental Representation in Medieval Philosophy

  • But the fact that aliha is probably not an independent verbal stem but only a denominative from ilah, signifying originally "possessed of God" (cf. enthousiazein, daimonan) renders the explanation more than precarious.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy

  • An amusing application of such a territorial denominative system to the locality of London was narrated to me by a friend who witnessed it.

    Reminiscences of Scottish Life and Character

  • [2] Those propositions with assertoric terms are those which are composed of denominative terms [162] which are sometimes present in the denominated thing and sometimes absent (sifât tûjad lil-mahmûl târatan wa-tufqad târatan).

    Arabic and Islamic Philosophy of Language and Logic

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