so related that each implies or complements the other.
being in correlation; mutually related.
Grammar. answering to or complementing one another and regularly used in association, as either and or, not only and but.
Biology. (of a typical structure of an organism) found in correlation with another.
either of two things, as two terms, that are correlative.
Grammar. a correlative expression.
- Also especially British, co·rel·a·tive .
- cor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverb
- cor·rel·a·tive·ness, cor·rel·a·tiv·i·ty, noun
- non·cor·rel·a·tive, adjective
- non·cor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverb
- non·cor·rel·a·tive·ness, noun
- un·cor·rel·a·tive, adjective
- un·cor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverb
- un·cor·rel·a·tive·ness, noun
- un·cor·rel·a·tiv·i·ty, noun
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How to use correlative in a sentence
I think the idea of the objective correlative relies a little too heavily on every single audience member reading every single symbol in the same way, when we all bring our own emotions and thoughts to whatever piece of art we’re taking in.
If you want to see a great example of the objective correlative hard at work, just check out “Mass in Time of War,” the second episode of Succession’s third season, which features a box of doughnuts, soaked in dread.
By contrast, Eliot wrote, Lady Macbeth is a good example of using the objective correlative — that “damn spot” she can’t get out instantly gives us a sense of her deep, unresolvable guilt.
Broadly speaking, the objective correlative is when an artist uses a symbol or image or object — or a string of them all together — to create a strong sense of feeling and emotion.
That correlative trend between Siakam’s driving success and Toronto’s overall success has continued.The Toronto Raptors Can’t Seem To Finish Their Drives | Louis Zatzman | January 27, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
To hell with seven types of ambiguity, the objective correlative, and the anxiety of influence.
The fear of losing her increased his passion for her, and made him hate his rival with correlative fervor.Overland | John William De Forest
We might answer that the actualization of him who acts is simply present in such a thing (without correlative reaction).Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 3 | Plotinos (Plotinus)
It is correlative with black, which is the opposite extreme of neutrality.Field's Chromatography | George Field
Where she might have rejoiced in the correlative claims bestowed upon her, she nourished only complaint.There and Back | George MacDonald
Potentiality and actuality are correlative terms corresponding to matter and form.A History of Mediaeval Jewish Philosophy | Isaac Husik
British Dictionary definitions for correlative
in mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship; corresponding
denoting words, usually conjunctions, occurring together though not adjacently in certain grammatical constructions, as for example neither and nor in such sentences as he neither ate nor drank
either of two things that are correlative
a correlative word
- correlatively, adverb
- correlativeness or correlativity, noun
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