[ ek-wuh-tiv ]

  1. belonging to or noting a degree of comparison of adjectives or adverbs that indicates an equality of the quality, quantity, etc., expressed by the adjective or adverb.

  2. noting a use of the verb be that equates one term with another in a sentence.

  1. noting or pertaining to a case indicating likeness or identity.

  1. the equative degree of comparison.

  2. the equative case, or a form in this case.

Origin of equative

First recorded in 1910–15; equat(e) + -ive

Other words from equative

  • eq·ua·tive·ly, adverb

Words Nearby equative

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