[ ih-jek-tiv ]
/ ɪˈdʒɛk tɪv /


serving to eject.
Phonetics. (of a voiceless stop, affricate, or fricative) produced with air compressed above the closed glottis.


Phonetics. an ejective stop, affricate, or fricative.

Origin of ejective

First recorded in 1650–60; eject + -ive

Related forms

e·jec·tive·ly, adverbnon·e·jec·tive, adjectiveun·e·jec·tive, adjective
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Examples from the Web for ejective

  • It applies with equal felicity to things and persons, to the objective and to the ejective realm.

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British Dictionary definitions for ejective


/ (ɪˈdʒɛktɪv) /


relating to or causing ejection
phonetics (of a plosive or fricative consonant, as in some African languages) pronounced with a glottal stop


phonetics an ejective consonant

Derived Forms

ejectively, adverb
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