- to make more certain; confirm: He corroborated my account of the accident.
- Archaic. confirmed.
Origin of corroborate
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Examples from the Web for corroborative
Presently he saw that some corroborative evidence might exist.The Pit Prop Syndicate
Freeman Wills Crofts
But nevertheless we should require some corroborative document.The Blonde Lady
The testimony of this gentleman is corroborative of that already presented.Popular Education
That the body was found without weight is also corroborative of the idea.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
That was another and corroborative sign, clearer to him than printed capitals.Vittoria, Complete
- (tr) to confirm or support (facts, opinions, etc), esp by providing fresh evidencethe witness corroborated the accused's statement
- serving to corroborate a fact, an opinion, etc
- (of a fact) corroborated
Word Origin and History for corroborative
1530s, "to give (legal) confirmation to," from Latin corroboratus, past participle of corroborare "to strengthen, invigorate," from com- "together" or "thoroughly" (see com-) + roborare "to make strong," from robur, robus "strength," (see robust).
Meaning "to strengthen by evidence, to confirm" is from 1706. Sometimes in early use the word also has its literal Latin sense, especially of medicines. Related: Corroborated; corroborating; corroborative.