donative

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

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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British Dictionary definitions for donative

donative

noun
  1. a gift or donation
  2. a benefice capable of being conferred as a gift
adjective
  1. of or like a donation
  2. 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
adj.

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

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