The evil in matter is due to its negative or privative aspect as the formless, which makes it the cause of defect and evil.
Blindness is a 'privative', to be blind is to be in a state of privation, but is not a 'privative'.
Distinguish between positive, negative, and privative names.
It is a negative principle, and negative in the sense of privative.
This elevation of the privative into a contrary, or a contradictory, has been the bane of metaphysical reasoning.
Ex, Latin prefix; privative in place of "e" when next letter is a vowel.
Name from - privative and , foliage, alluding to the naked stalks.
He contended that cold was probably only privative, and not a positive existence.
The privative can help us nowhere and to nothing; the positive only can assist our reasoning.
Here also it is demonstrated how the privative nature of evil should be understood.