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[dep-ri-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv] /ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv/
serving to deprecate; deprecatory.
Origin of deprecative
1480-90; (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēprecātīvus, equivalent to dēprecāt(us) (see deprecate) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
deprecatively, adverb
nondeprecative, adjective
nondeprecatively, adverb
undeprecative, adjective
undeprecatively, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I yielded to an instinct for deprecative horse-play, one of my worst faults, begot of an inferiority-complex.

    Tramping on Life Harry Kemp
  • The gray man turned his opened palm outwards with a deprecative motion which was not English at all.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • They made their feelings public by scandalized aspirations, suppressed oh-h-hs, and deprecative shakings of the heads.

    The Bondboy

    George W. (George Washington) Ogden
Word Origin and History for deprecative

mid-15c., "praying for deliverance," from Middle French déprécatif (13c.), from Late Latin deprecativus, from past participle stem of Latin deprecari (see deprecation). Related: Deprecatively.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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