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[ih-loo-muh-ney-tiv, -nuh-tiv]
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  1. giving light; illuminating.
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Origin of illuminative

First recorded in 1635–45; illuminate + -ive
Related formsnon·il·lu·mi·na·tive, adjectiveun·il·lu·mi·na·tive, adjective
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Related Words for illuminative

academic, cultural, didactic, edifying, educative, enlightening, informative, instructional, instructive, scholarly, informational, scholastic, tutorial

Examples from the Web for illuminative

Historical Examples of illuminative

  • An illuminative essay, with selections and portrait of Carpenter.

    Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906


  • This Government handbook is not only exhaustive but illuminative.

    The Empire of the East

    H. B. Montgomery

  • Silence is so truth-telling, so illuminative, that few have the courage to face it.


    James Huneker

  • Some experiments conducted by Frer are illuminative as to this.

  • It is the life of love, as the illuminative life is that of wisdom.

    Bygone Beliefs

    H. Stanley Redgrove