- capable of being carried; portable.
- having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying.
- Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Origin of portative
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- music a small portable organ with arm-operated bellows popular in medieval times
- a less common word for portable
- concerned with the act of carrying
C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry
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