- a copy exactly like an original.
- anything corresponding in all respects to something else.
- Cards. a duplicate game.
- to make an exact copy of.
- to do or perform again; repeat: He duplicated his father's way of standing with his hands in his pockets.
- to double; make twofold.
- to become duplicate.
- exactly like or corresponding to something else: duplicate copies of a letter.
- consisting of or existing in two identical or corresponding parts; double.
- Cards. noting a game in which each team plays a series of identical hands, the winner being the team making the best total score.
- in duplicate, in two copies, especially two identical copies: Please type the letter in duplicate.
Origin of duplicate
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Examples from the Web for duplicative
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Many of these forms are needed for vital government functions, but others are duplicative, overly complex or obsolete.
- copied exactly from an original
- existing as a pair or in pairs; twofold
- an exact copy; double
- something additional or supplementary of the same kind
- two exact copies (esp in the phrase in duplicate)
- (tr) to make a replica of
- (tr) to do or make again
- (tr) to make in a pair; make double
- (intr) biology to reproduce by dividing into two identical partsthe chromosomes duplicated in mitosis
Word Origin and History for duplicative
1620s, "to double," from Latin duplicatus, past participle of duplicare (see duplicate (adj.)). Meaning "make an exact copy" is from 1640s (implied in duplicated). Related: Duplicating. The noun is first recorded 1530s.