[ dih-nom-uh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv ]
/ dɪˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv /
conferring or constituting a distinctive designation or name.
Grammar. (especially of verbs) formed from a noun, as English to man from the noun man.
Grammar. a denominative verb or other word.
Origin of denominative
Related formsde·nom·i·na·tive·ly [dih-nom-uh-ney-tiv-lee, -nuh-tiv-] /dɪˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv li, -nə tɪv-/, adverb
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Examples from the Web for denominative
This word comes from Wagoush, a fox, and the denominative inflection a ainc or ais.
British Dictionary definitions for denominative
/ (dɪˈnɒmɪnətɪv) /
giving or constituting a name; naming
- (of a word other than a noun) formed from or having the same form as a noun
- (as noun)the verb "to mushroom" is a denominative
Derived Formsdenominatively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for denominative
early 15c., "in name only," from Late Latin denominativus, from Latin denominatus (see denominate).
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