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  1. so related that each implies or complements the other.
  2. being in correlation; mutually related.
  3. Grammar. answering to or complementing one another and regularly used in association, as either and or, not only and but.
  4. Biology. (of a typical structure of an organism) found in correlation with another.
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  1. either of two things, as two terms, that are correlative.
  2. Grammar. a correlative expression.
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Also especially British, co·rel·a·tive.

Origin of correlative

From the Medieval Latin word correlātīvus, dating back to 1520–30. See cor-, relative
Related formscor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverbcor·rel·a·tive·ness, cor·rel·a·tiv·i·ty, nounnon·cor·rel·a·tive, adjectivenon·cor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·cor·rel·a·tive·ness, nounun·cor·rel·a·tive, adjectiveun·cor·rel·a·tive·ly, adverbun·cor·rel·a·tive·ness, nounun·cor·rel·a·tiv·i·ty, noun
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Examples from the Web for correlative

Historical Examples

  • We are only concerned here with the correlative differences.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • He is the compend of time; he is also the correlative of nature.

    Essays, First Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The word gentleman has not any correlative abstract to express the quality.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The correlative of not, when it stands in the first member of a sentence, is nor or neither.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • It is correlative with black, which is the opposite extreme of neutrality.

British Dictionary definitions for correlative


  1. in mutual, complementary, or reciprocal relationship; corresponding
  2. 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
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  1. either of two things that are correlative
  2. a correlative word
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Derived Formscorrelatively, adverbcorrelativeness or correlativity, noun
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