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decorative

[dek-er-uh-tiv, dek-ruh-, dek-uh-rey-] /ˈdɛk ər ə tɪv, ˈdɛk rə-, ˈdɛk əˌreɪ-/
adjective
1.
serving or tending to decorate.
2.
Fine Arts. serving only to decorate, in contrast to providing a meaningful experience.
Origin of decorative
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; decorate + -ive
Related forms
decoratively, adverb
decorativeness, noun
nondecorative, adjective
overdecorative, adjective
overdecoratively, adverb
overdecorativeness, noun
undecorative, adjective
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decorative

/ˈdɛkərətɪv; ˈdɛkrətɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to decorate or adorn; ornamental
Derived Forms
decoratively, adverb
decorativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decorative
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French decoratif, from decorat-, past participle stem of Latin decorare (see decorate).

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