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[don-uh-tiv, doh-nuh-]
  1. a gift or donation.
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Origin of donative

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin dōnātīvum, noun use of neuter of dōnātīvus gratuitous, equivalent to dōnāt(us) (see donation) + -īvus -ive
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Historical Examples of donative

  • That every convent and monastery should pay a donative, proportionable to its riches and rents.

    Fox's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe

  • I may here mention that the anomaly of “donative” benefices was abolished by Act of Parliament in 1898.

  • Even the donative of Constantine to the Roman bishop Silvester was declared to be a pitiable fiction.

  • It was customary that such of the records on copper as were donative charters should be authenticated.

  • Galba undid himself by that speech, legi a se militem, non emi; for it put the soldiers out of hope of the donative.


    Francis Bacon

British Dictionary definitions for donative


  1. a gift or donation
  2. a benefice capable of being conferred as a gift
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  1. of or like a donation
  2. being or relating to a benefice
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Word Origin for donative

C15: from Latin dōnātīvum donation made to soldiers by a Roman emperor, from dōnāre to present
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Word Origin and History for donative


1550s, from Latin donativus, from donare (see donation). As a noun, from early 15c.

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