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[kom-buh-ney-tiv, kuh m-bahy-nuh-] /ˈkɒm bəˌneɪ tɪv, kəmˈbaɪ nə-/
tending or serving to combine.
of, relating to, or resulting from combination.
Origin of combinative
First recorded in 1850-55; combinat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
noncombinative, adjective
uncombinative, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • This requires a higher type of mental association (combinative  power) than mere enumeration.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • They have great imagination, but it is the "combinative" imagination rather than the free poetic fancy of the Celt.

    The Old World in the New Edward Alsworth Ross
  • Primitive man was a combinative beast, and because of it he rose to primacy over all the animals.

    The Iron Heel Jack London
British Dictionary definitions for combinative


/ˈkɒmbɪˌneɪtɪv; -nətɪv/
resulting from being, tending to be, or able to be joined or mixed together
(linguistics) (of a sound change) occurring only in specific contexts or as a result of some other factor, such as change of stress within a word Compare isolative (sense 1)
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