[ pur-ter-bey-tiv, per-tur-buh-tiv ]

  1. having a tendency to perturb; disturbing.

Origin of perturbative

From the Late Latin word perturbātīvus, dating back to 1630–40. See perturbation, -ive

Words Nearby perturbative Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use perturbative in a sentence

  • The interior satellites of Saturn are so near the ring as doubtless to exert great perturbative influence.

    Meteoric astronomy: | Daniel Kirkwood