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colligative

[kol-i-gey-tiv]
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adjective Physical Chemistry.
  1. (of the properties of a substance) depending on the number of molecules or atoms rather than on their nature.
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Origin of colligative

First recorded in 1900–05; colligate + -ive
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Historical Examples

  • The first set provides evidence as to the molecular weight of a substance: these are termed “colligative properties.”

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 1

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British Dictionary definitions for colligative

colligative

adjective
  1. (of a physical property of a substance) depending on the concentrations of atoms, ions, and molecules that are present rather than on their nature
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