[kom-buh-ney-tiv, kuh m-bahy-nuh-]


tending or serving to combine.
of, relating to, or resulting from combination.

Origin of combinative

First recorded in 1850–55; combinat(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·com·bi·na·tive, adjectiveun·com·bi·na·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for combinative

Historical Examples of combinative

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

  • 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


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


resulting from being, tending to be, or able to be joined or mixed together
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)
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