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- acting as a cause; producing (often followed by of): a causative agency; an event causative of war.
- Grammar. noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic -jan is a causative suffix in fulljan “to cause to be full; to fill.”
- Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Origin of causative
1375–1425; late Middle EnglishRelated formscaus·a·tive·ly, adverbcaus·a·tive·ness, caus·a·tiv·i·ty, nounin·ter·caus·a·tive, adjectivenon·caus·a·tive, adjectivenon·caus·a·tive·ly, adverbnon·caus·a·tive·ness, nounun·caus·a·tive, adjectiveun·caus·a·tive·ly, adverbun·caus·a·tive·ness, noun
< Latin causātīvus,
equivalent to causāt(us
) caused (see causation
) + -īvus -ive
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
British Dictionary definitions for non-causative
- grammar relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
- (often postpositive and foll by of) producing an effect
Derived Formscausatively, adverbcausativeness, noun
- the causative form or class of verbs
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Word Origin and History for non-causative
early 15c. (as a noun), from French causatif, from Latin causativus, from causa (see cause (n.)).
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