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adumbrative

[ a-duhm-bruh-tiv, ad-uhm-brey-tiv ]
/ æˈdʌm brə tɪv, ˈæd əmˌbreɪ tɪv /
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adjective

serving to foreshadow; faintly indicative: The painting is adumbrative of later, more fully developed Christian imagery.

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Origin of adumbrative

First recorded in 1830–40; adumbrate + -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM adumbrative

ad·um·bra·tive·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for adumbrative

  • We claim to stand there, as mute monuments, pathetically adumbrative of much.

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle
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