Definitions

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

  • adjective Nutritious; nourishing.
  • adjective Of or relating to nutrition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the property of nourishing; nutritious.
  • Of, concerned in, or pertaining to nutrition: as, the nutritive functions or processes.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to nutrition; ; having the quality of nourishing; nutritious; nutrimental; alimental.
  • adjective (Biol.) See Idioplasma.
  • adjective (Zoöl.) any one of the zooids of a compound hydroid, or coral, which has a mouth and digestive cavity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to nutrition
  • adjective Nourishing, nutritional.

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

  • adjective of or providing nourishment

Etymologies

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

[Middle English nutritif, from Old French, from Late Latin nūtrītīvus, from Latin nūtrītus, past participle of nūtrīre, to suckle; see (s)nāu- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French nutritif, from Late Latin nutritivus, from the participle stem of Latin nūtrīre ("to nourish").

Examples

  • "Food carried from the stomach to the blood can not become _nutritive_ till it is properly oxygenated in the lungs; so that a small quantity of food, even if less wholesome, may be made nutritive by pure air as it passes through the lungs.

    American Woman's Home

  • Cambridge, England, tells us) is fully equal to beef or mutton in nutritive value to man.

    Canada's Fishery Resources

  • Bananas, grapes and strawberries contain to each part of proteid from 10 to 12 parts of other solid nutritive constituents (any oil being calculated into starch equivalents); this is termed the nutritive ratio.

    The Chemistry of Food and Nutrition

  • To this tonic impression on the nerves of the stomach the prompt and salutary effects of what are called nutritive medicaments may be attributed, such as chocolate, and every substance that gently stimulates and nourishes at the same time.

    Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America

  • To this tonic impression on the nerves of the stomach the prompt and salutary effects of what are called nutritive medicaments may be attributed, such as chocolate, and every substance that gently stimulates and nourishes at the same time.

    Personal Narrative of Travels to the Equinoctial Regions of America, During the Year 1799-1804 — Volume 2

  • At that point, the other cells begin to putrefy and become what's called the nutritive soup - out of which the imaginal cells create the absolute unpredictable miracle of the butterfly.

    Writing on Air

  • No single food better defines the Texas character; it has, in fact, become a kind of nutritive metaphor for the romanticized, prairie-hardened personality of Texans.

    Independence and chicken-fried steak | Homesick Texan

  • No single food better defines the Texas character; it has, in fact, become a kind of nutritive metaphor for the romanticized, prairie-hardened personality of Texans.

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  • During the first trimester the fetus is a "nutritive" soul, a life principle that we share with animals and plants.

    NewWest.Net All Headlines

  • During the first trimester the fetus is a "nutritive" soul, a life principle that we share with animals and plants.

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