[ kuh n-tin-yoo-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv ]
/ kənˈtɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv /
tending or serving to continue; causing continuation or prolongation.
expressing continuance of thought.
Grammar. expressing a following event. In They arrested a suspect, who gave his name as John Doe, the second clause is continuative.
Grammar. (of a verbal form or aspect) expressing continuation.
Grammar. a continuative word or expression.
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Origin of continuative
OTHER WORDS FROM continuativecon·tin·u·a·tive·ly, adverbcon·tin·u·a·tive·ness, noun
Words nearby continuative
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British Dictionary definitions for continuative
/ (kənˈtɪnjʊətɪv) /
serving or tending to continue
- (of any word, phrase, or clause) expressing continuation
- (of verbs) another word for progressive (def. 8)
a continuative word, phrase, or clause
Derived forms of continuativecontinuatively, adverb
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