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Origin of appointive

An Americanism dating back to 1880–85; appoint + -ive
Related formsnon·ap·poin·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for appointive

elective, constituent, discretionary, selecting, appointive

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Contemporary Examples of appointive

  • Paterson—the father of recent Governor David Paterson—was a high-octane lawyer who held a number of appointive positions.

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Historical Examples of appointive

  • Even the men in the appointive offices did not venture to say he had much force.

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    Susan Glaspell

  • This means that his office was appointive, and that he was a tithe-squeezer or tax-farmer.

  • By the provisions of the law even the jury lists could be controlled by appointive officers.

  • Appointive positions, also, which women might legally hold are practically withheld from them because of their lack of the ballot.

  • Office Holding: Women are not eligible to any office, elective or appointive, except that they may serve as notaries public.

British Dictionary definitions for appointive


  1. mainly US relating to or filled by appointmentan appointive position
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