- Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Origin of causative
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- grammar relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
- (often postpositive and foll by of) producing an effect
- the causative form or class of verbs
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early 15c. (as a noun), from French causatif, from Latin causativus, from causa (see cause (n.)).
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