isolative

[ahy-suh-ley-tiv, is-uh-]

Origin of isolative

First recorded in 1885–90; isolate + -ive
Related formsun·i·so·la·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for isolative

isolative

adjective
  1. (of a sound change) occurring in all linguistic environments, as the change of Middle English / / to Modern English / /, as in timeCompare combinative (def. 2)
  2. of, relating to, or concerned with isolation
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