- a gift or donation.
Origin of donative
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Examples from the Web for donative
That every convent and monastery should pay a donative, proportionable to its riches and rents.Fox's Book of Martyrs
I may here mention that the anomaly of “donative” benefices was abolished by Act of Parliament in 1898.Records of Woodhall Spa and Neighbourhood
J. Conway Walter
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.Essays
- a gift or donation
- a benefice capable of being conferred as a gift
- of or like a donation
- being or relating to a benefice
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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