• synonyms


[noo-tri-tiv, nyoo-]
See more synonyms for nutritive on Thesaurus.com
  1. serving to nourish; providing nutriment; nutritious.
  2. of, relating to, or concerned with nutrition: foods with high nutritive value.
Show More
  1. an item of nourishing food: a breakfast of cereals, fruits, and other nutritives.
Show More

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
Related formsnu·tri·tive·ly, adverbnu·tri·tive·ness, nounhy·per·nu·tri·tive, adjectivenon·nu·tri·tive, adjectivenon·nu·tri·tive·ly, adverbnon·nu·tri·tive·ness, nounun·nu·tri·tive, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for nutritive

alimentary, balanced, beneficial, good, healthful, invigorating, nourishing, nutrient, nutritious, salubrious, salutary, wholesome, alimentative, nutrimental, nutritional, strengthening

Examples from the Web for nutritive

Historical Examples of nutritive

  • They knew the nutritive value of liver, proven by many formulæ.

    Cooking and Dining in Imperial Rome


  • Often in serums the poison elements are retained, but not the nutritive.

  • First, then, we will consider the nutritive properties of the common food-stuffs.

    No Animal Food

    Rupert H. Wheldon

  • Give the general composition and nutritive value of asparagus.

  • To what extent may nuts contribute to the nutritive value of a ration?

British Dictionary definitions for nutritive


  1. providing nourishment
  2. of, concerning, or promoting nutrition
Show More
  1. a nutritious food
Show More
Derived Formsnutritively, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for nutritive


late 14c., from Old French nutritif and directly from Medieval Latin nutritivus "nourishing," from past participle stem of Latin nutrire "to nourish" (see nourish).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

nutritive in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to nutrition.
  2. Nutritious; nourishing.
Show More
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.