[muhl-tuh-pli-key-tiv, muhl-tuh-plik-uh-]


tending to multiply or increase.
having the power of multiplying.

Nearby words

  1. multiplicand,
  2. multiplicate,
  3. multiplication,
  4. multiplication sign,
  5. multiplication table,
  6. multiplicative division,
  7. multiplicative group,
  8. multiplicative identity,
  9. multiplicative inverse,
  10. multiplicity

Origin of multiplicative

From the Medieval Latin word multiplicātīvus, dating back to 1645–55. See multiplicate, -ive

Related formsmul·ti·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverbnon·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive, adjectivenon·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverbun·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for multiplicative

British Dictionary definitions for multiplicative



tending or able to multiply
maths involving multiplication
Derived Formsmultiplicatively, adverb

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Word Origin and History for multiplicative



1650s, from Medieval Latin multiplicativus, from multiplicat-, past participle stem of multiplicare (see multiply).

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