Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of, relating to, or being a form of an adjective or adverb indicating identity of degree of comparison.
  • noun The equative degree.
  • noun An adjective or adverb expressing the equative degree.

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  • adjective grammar Of, pertaining to, or being an equative.
  • noun grammar A construction showing an equal quality. In English, this is normally formed using as. For example, the equative of happy is as happy as.
  • noun grammar A word in the equative form.
  • noun grammar A grammatical case in certain languages, including Ossetic, Finnish and Sumerian, that indicates something is like something else. English equivalents include he was the same age as her and he looks like him.

Etymologies

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equate +‎ -ive

Examples

  • You sleep in equative lip biting slumber hugging a pillow you think is someone else.

    November

  • We will also come back, by the same route, to the deep ontological ramifications of the so-called equative genitive (or genitive metaphor) in that line's second phrase: the breath of fresh air that is autumn, rather than the breath that issues from it, as one might say in common figure "the very breath of life."

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • They can only project their equative mercy onto the situation.

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  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

  • And no, I am not saying that completely overrides individual motive intermingled in cognitive equative thought.

    RealClimate

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