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

  1. tending to multiply or increase, or having the power to multiply: Smoking and asbestos exposure have a multiplicative effect on your risk of getting lung cancer.

  2. Mathematics of or relating to multiplication.

  1. relating to or noting a word or affix that indicates multiplication, as triple,threefold, or tri-.

Origin of multiplicative

First recorded in 1645–55; from Medieval Latin multiplicātīvus; see origin at multiplicate, -ive

Other words from multiplicative

  • mul·ti·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive, adjective
  • non·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·mul·ti·pli·ca·tive, adjective

Words Nearby multiplicative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use multiplicative in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for multiplicative


/ (ˈmʌltɪplɪˌkeɪtɪv, ˌmʌltɪˈplɪkətɪv) /

  1. tending or able to multiply

  2. maths involving multiplication

Derived forms of multiplicative

  • multiplicatively, adverb

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