- serving to deprecate; deprecatory.
Origin of deprecative
Examples from the Web for deprecative
I yielded to an instinct for deprecative horse-play, one of my worst faults, begot of an inferiority-complex.Tramping on Life
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
Word Origin and History for deprecative
mid-15c., "praying for deliverance," from Middle French déprécatif (13c.), from Late Latin deprecativus, from past participle stem of Latin deprecari (see deprecation). Related: Deprecatively.