[ muhl-tuh-pli-key-tiv, muhl-tuh-plik-uh- ]
/ ˈmʌl tə plɪˌkeɪ tɪv, ˌmʌl təˈplɪk ə- /
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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.
Mathematics of or relating to multiplication.
relating to or noting a word or affix that indicates multiplication, as triple,threefold, or tri-.
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Origin of multiplicative
First recorded in 1645–55; from Medieval Latin multiplicātīvus; see origin at multiplicate, -ive
OTHER WORDS FROM multiplicativemul·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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British Dictionary definitions for multiplicative
/ (ˈmʌltɪplɪˌkeɪtɪv, ˌmʌltɪˈplɪkətɪv) /
tending or able to multiply
maths involving multiplication
Derived forms of multiplicativemultiplicatively, adverb
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