- Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Origin of causative
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Examples from the Web for causative
It is difficult to determine the causative factors for success or failure.A Practical Guide to Self-Hypnosis
The word 'hatta' means 'until,' and is also used as a causative word.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
This explains the modern belief that principles are causative.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
The causative agent has not been satisfactorily established.Special Report on Diseases of the Horse
United States Department of Agriculture
They must indeed be recognized as true, primary, causative and the like.
- grammar relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
- (often postpositive and foll by of) producing an effect
- the causative form or class of verbs
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Word Origin and History for causative
early 15c. (as a noun), from French causatif, from Latin causativus, from causa (see cause (n.)).
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