Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[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. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for deprecative
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • 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
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
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for deprecative

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for deprecative

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for deprecative