[kuh n-tin-yoo-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv]
  1. tending or serving to continue; causing continuation or prolongation.
  2. expressing continuance of thought.
  3. Grammar. expressing a following event. In They arrested a suspect, who gave his name as John Doe, the second clause is continuative.
  4. Grammar. (of a verbal form or aspect) expressing continuation.
  1. something continuative.
  2. Grammar. a continuative word or expression.

Origin of continuative

First recorded in 1520–30, continuative is from the Late Latin word continuātīvus connecting, copulative. See continuate, -ive
Related formscon·tin·u·a·tive·ly, adverbcon·tin·u·a·tive·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for continuative


  1. serving or tending to continue
  2. grammar
    1. (of any word, phrase, or clause) expressing continuation
    2. (of verbs) another word for progressive (def. 8)
  1. a continuative word, phrase, or clause
Derived Formscontinuatively, adverb
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