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preteritive

[ pri-ter-i-tiv ]
/ prɪˈtɛr ɪ tɪv /
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adjective Grammar.
(of verbs) limited to past tenses.
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Origin of preteritive

First recorded in 1830–40; preterit + -ive
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British Dictionary definitions for preteritive

preteritive
/ (prɪˈtɛrɪtɪv) /

adjective
(of a verb) having only past tense forms
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