[ noo-tri-tiv, nyoo- ]
/ ˈnu trɪ tɪv, ˈnyu- /


serving to nourish; providing nutriment; nutritious.
of, relating to, or concerned with nutrition: foods with high nutritive value.


an item of nourishing food: a breakfast of cereals, fruits, and other nutritives.


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Origin of nutritive

1350–1400; < Medieval Latin nūtrītīvus, equivalent to nūtrīt- (see nutrition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English nutritif < Middle French < Medieval Latin as above

OTHER WORDS FROM nutritive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for nonnutritive

/ (ˈnjuːtrɪtɪv) /


providing nourishment
of, concerning, or promoting nutrition


a nutritious food

Derived forms of nutritive

nutritively, adverb
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Medical definitions for nonnutritive

[ nōōtrĭ-tĭv ]


Of or relating to nutrition.
Nutritious; nourishing.
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