[noo-tri-tiv, nyoo-]


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.

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

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providing nourishment
of, concerning, or promoting nutrition


a nutritious food
Derived Formsnutritively, adverb
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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).

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nutritive in Medicine




Of or relating to nutrition.
Nutritious; nourishing.
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