[ 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.

Origin of portative

1350–1400; Middle English portatif < Middle French. See port5, -ative
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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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