- 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
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This word comes from Wagoush, a fox, and the denominative inflection a ainc or ais.
- 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
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early 15c., "in name only," from Late Latin denominativus, from Latin denominatus (see denominate).
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