[ kaw-zuh-tiv ]
/ ˈkɔ zə tɪv /


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.

Nearby words

  1. causality,
  2. causality paradox,
  3. causally,
  4. causation,
  5. causationism,
  6. causatively,
  7. cause,
  8. cause a commotion,
  9. cause célèbre,
  10. cause list

Origin of causative

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin causātīvus, equivalent to causāt(us) caused (see causation) + -īvus -ive

Related forms Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for non-causative


/ (ˈkɔːzətɪv) /


grammar relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
(often postpositive and foll by of) producing an effect


the causative form or class of verbs
Derived Formscausatively, adverbcausativeness, noun

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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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