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[pawr-tuh-tiv, pohr-]
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  1. capable of being carried; portable.
  2. having or pertaining to the power or function of carrying.
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  1. Also called portative organ. a small portable pipe organ used especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
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Origin of portative

1350–1400; Middle English portatif < Middle French. See port5, -ative
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Related Words for portative

compact, convenient, handy, lightweight, mobile, ambulatory, portable, motile, light, movable, adaptable, adjustable, loose, moving, removable, separable, transferable, unattached, unsteady, conveyable

British Dictionary definitions for portative


  1. a less common word for portable
  2. concerned with the act of carrying
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Word Origin for portative

C14: from French, from Latin portāre to carry
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