[kawr-puh-rey-tiv, -per-uh-tiv, -pruh-]
  1. of or relating to a corporation.
  2. of or relating to a political system under which the principal economic functions, as banking, industry, or labor, are organized as corporate unities.
Also corporate.

Origin of corporative

1825–35; < Late Latin corporātīvus, equivalent to Latin corporāt(us) corporate + -īvus -ive
Related formsnon·cor·po·ra·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for corporative


  1. of or characteristic of a corporation
  2. (of a state) organized into and governed by corporations of individuals involved in any given profession, industry, etc
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Word Origin and History for corporative

1833, from Late Latin corporativus "pertaining to the forming of a body," from past participle stem of corporare (see corporate).

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