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[muhl-tuh-pli-key-tiv, muhl-tuh-plik-uh-]
  1. tending to multiply or increase.
  2. having the power of multiplying.
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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
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Historical Examples

  • And similarly a perspective is a member of the multiplicative class of the things which appear in it.

    Mysticism and Logic and Other Essays

    Bertrand Russell

British Dictionary definitions for multiplicative


  1. tending or able to multiply
  2. maths involving multiplication
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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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