adjective Physical Chemistry.

(of the properties of a substance) depending on the number of molecules or atoms rather than on their nature.

Origin of colligative

First recorded in 1900–05; colligate + -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(of a physical property of a substance) depending on the concentrations of atoms, ions, and molecules that are present rather than on their nature
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