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[dih-nom-uh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv]
  1. conferring or constituting a distinctive designation or name.
  2. Grammar. (especially of verbs) formed from a noun, as English to man from the noun man.
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  1. Grammar. a denominative verb or other word.
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Origin of denominative

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

Historical Examples

  • This word comes from Wagoush, a fox, and the denominative inflection a ainc or ais.

    Summary Narrative of an Exploratory Expedition to the Sources of the Mississippi River, in 1820

    Henry Rowe Schoolcraft

British Dictionary definitions for denominative


  1. giving or constituting a name; naming
  2. grammar
    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
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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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