from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A compound adjective suffix of Latin origin, consisting of -ive added to the stem represented by -ate, and accompanying verbs with suffix -ate, as in demonstrative, relative, etc., from demonstrate, relate, etc., or verbs without a suffix, as in laudative, etc., from laud, etc., or standing without corresponding verbs in English, as in amative, hortative, lucrative, etc.: especially frequent in grammatical terms, as in vocative, locative, ablative, etc., all used also as nouns.


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