[ 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

1580–90; < Late Latin dēnōminātīvus, equivalent to dēnōmināt(us) (see denominate) + -īvus -ive

Related forms

de·nom·i·na·tive·ly [dih-nom-uh-ney-tiv-lee, -nuh-tiv-] /dɪˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv li, -nə tɪv-/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for denominative


/ (dɪˈnɒmɪnətɪv) /


giving or constituting a name; naming
  1. (of a word other than a noun) formed from or having the same form as a noun
  2. (as noun)the verb "to mushroom" is a denominative

Derived Forms

denominatively, adverb
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