[ pri-zen-tuh-tiv ]
/ prɪˈzɛn tə tɪv /


(of an image, idea, etc.) presented, known, or capable of being known directly.
Ecclesiastical. admitting of or pertaining to presentation.
Philosophy. immediately knowable; capable of being known without thought or reflection.

Origin of presentative

First recorded in 1550–60; present2 + -ative

Related forms

un·pre·sent·a·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for presentative


/ (prɪˈzɛntətɪv) /


  1. able to be known or perceived immediately
  2. capable of knowing or perceiving in this way
subject to or conferring the right of ecclesiastical presentation

Derived Forms

presentativeness, noun
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Medicine definitions for presentative


[ prĭ-zĕntə-tĭv ]


Having the capacity or function of bringing an idea or image to mind.
Perceived or capable of being perceived directly rather than through association.
Having the ability to so perceive.
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