[don-uh-tiv, doh-nuh-]


a gift or donation.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for donative



a gift or donation
a benefice capable of being conferred as a gift


of or like a donation
being or relating to a benefice

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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