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

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. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for multiplicative


  1. tending or able to multiply
  2. 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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