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a combination of -ate1. and -ive, used to form adjectives from stems in -ate1, (regulative); on this model, because of the frequency and productivity of -ate1 , used independently to form adjectives from stems of other origin:
Origin of -ative
< Latin -ātīvus, equivalent to -āt(us) -ate1 + -īvus -ive Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ative


of, relating to, or tending to: authoritative, decorative, informative
Word Origin
from Latin -ātīvus, from ātus-ate1 + īvus-ive
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Word Origin and History for -ative

word-forming element meaning "of or related to; tending to," from Latin -ativus.

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