Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

combinative

[kom-buh-ney-tiv, kuh m-bahy-nuh-]
See more synonyms for combinative on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. tending or serving to combine.
  2. of, relating to, or resulting from combination.
Show More

Origin of combinative

First recorded in 1850–55; combinat(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·com·bi·na·tive, adjectiveun·com·bi·na·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for combinative

combinatory, combinatorial, conjunctional, connective, combinable

Examples from the Web for combinative

Historical Examples of combinative

  • This requires a higher type of mental association (combinative  power) than mere enumeration.

    The Measurement of Intelligence

    Lewis Madison Terman

  • They have great imagination, but it is the "combinative" imagination rather than the free poetic fancy of the Celt.

    The Old World in the New

    Edward Alsworth Ross

  • Primitive man was a combinative beast, and because of it he rose to primacy over all the animals.

    The Iron Heel

    Jack London


British Dictionary definitions for combinative

combinative

combinatorial (ˌkɒmbɪnəˈtɔːrɪəl) or combinatory (ˈkɒmbɪnətərɪ, -trɪ)

adjective
  1. resulting from being, tending to be, or able to be joined or mixed together
  2. linguistics (of a sound change) occurring only in specific contexts or as a result of some other factor, such as change of stress within a wordCompare isolative (def. 1)
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012