[ pawr-tuh-tiv, pohr- ]
/ ˈpɔr tə tɪv, ˈpoʊr- /
capable of being carried; portable.
having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying.
Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
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British Dictionary definitions for portative
/ (ˈpɔːtətɪv) /
a less common word for portable
concerned with the act of carrying
Word Origin for portative
C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry
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