[ dep-ri-key-tiv, -kuh-tiv ]
/ ˈdɛp rɪˌkeɪ tɪv, -kə tɪv /


serving to deprecate; deprecatory.

Origin of deprecative

1480–90; (< Anglo-French) < Late Latin dēprecātīvus, equivalent to dēprecāt(us) (see deprecate) + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM deprecative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for deprecative

  • The gray man turned his opened palm outwards with a deprecative motion which was not English at all.

    The Pursuit|Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
  • They made their feelings public by scandalized aspirations, suppressed oh-h-hs, and deprecative shakings of the heads.

    The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • I yielded to an instinct for deprecative horse-play, one of my worst faults, begot of an inferiority-complex.

    Tramping on Life|Harry Kemp