• synonyms


[uh-sim-uh-ley-tiv, -luh-tiv]
See more synonyms for assimilative on Thesaurus.com
  1. characterized by assimilation; assimilating.
Show More
Also as·sim·i·la·to·ry [uh-sim-uh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /əˈsɪm ə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of assimilative

From the Medieval Latin word assimilātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See assimilate, -ive
Related formsas·sim·i·la·tive·ness, nounnon·as·sim·i·la·tive, adjectivenon·as·sim·i·la·to·ry, adjectiveun·as·sim·i·la·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

absorptive, bibulous, permeable, assimilating, assimilatory

Examples from the Web for assimilative

Historical Examples

  • Or Mr. Waldner's assimilative opinion that he had seen only ice crystals.

    The Book of the Damned

    Charles Fort

  • We may call this stage the stage of the Assimilative Republic.

  • Then his receptivity and assimilative powers are enormous, and he demands these in his reader.

    Birds and Poets

    John Burroughs

  • The assimilative and nervous systems can be trained to tolerate injurious influences to a remarkable degree.

  • Many of these are, in all probability, excretory products of no assimilative value to the plant.