decorative

[dek-er-uh-tiv, dek-ruh-, dek-uh-rey-]

adjective

serving or tending to decorate.
Fine Arts. serving only to decorate, in contrast to providing a meaningful experience.

Origin of decorative

First recorded in 1785–95; decorate + -ive
Related formsdec·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbdec·o·ra·tive·ness, nounnon·dec·o·ra·tive, adjectiveo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive, adjectiveo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive·ly, adverbo·ver·dec·o·ra·tive·ness, nounun·dec·o·ra·tive, adjective
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decorative

adjective

serving to decorate or adorn; ornamental
Derived Formsdecoratively, adverbdecorativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for decorative
adj.

early 15c., from Middle French decoratif, from decorat-, past participle stem of Latin decorare (see decorate).

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