Origin of interpretative

1560–70; < Latin interpretāt(us) past participle of interpretārī to interpret + -ive
Related formsin·ter·pre·ta·tive·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·pre·ta·tive, adjectivenon·in·ter·pre·ta·tive·ly, adverbpre·in·ter·pre·ta·tive, adjectiveun·in·ter·pre·ta·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of interpretative

  • This is to be found in the interpretative value of the theory.

  • The theory is that interpretative minds must not be expected of them.

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

  • If he can do this he will attain the greatest in interpretative ability.

  • So little of it is carried over into life because so little of it is interpretative of the life that is.

    Boy Life

    William Dean Howells

  • Nature-writing must grow more and more human, personal, interpretative.

    The Face of the Fields

    Dallas Lore Sharp

British Dictionary definitions for interpretative


interpretive (ɪnˈtɜːprɪtɪv)


of, involving, or providing interpretation; expository
Derived Formsinterpretatively or interpretively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for interpretative

1560s, properly formed from past participle stem of Latin interpretari (see interpret). Interpretive means the same thing, but is less correct. Related: Interpretatively.

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