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  1. serving to educate: educative knowledge.
  2. pertaining to or productive of education.
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Origin of educative

First recorded in 1835–45; educate + -ive
Related formsnon·ed·u·ca·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ed·u·ca·tive, adjectiveo·ver·ed·u·ca·tive·ly, adverbun·ed·u·ca·tive, adjective
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Related Words

edifying, enlightening, illuminating, illuminative, informative, instructional, instructive, useful, scholastic

Examples from the Web for educative

Historical Examples

  • The educative process is the due interaction of these forces.

    The Child and the Curriculum

    John Dewey

  • In the first place, no exercise should be used which is not really vital and educative.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • There is an educative process, and so it is in scores of cases.

  • Even the genius loci is educative, in its own quiet, subtle way.

  • The form of this educative process of the Odyssey is very different from ours.

    Homer's Odyssey

    Denton J. Snider

British Dictionary definitions for educative


  1. producing or resulting in educationan educative experience
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Word Origin and History for educative


1844, from Latin educat-, past participle stem of educare (see educate) + -ive.

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