- causing, or tending to cause, deprivation.
- consisting in or characterized by the taking away, loss, or lack of something.
- Grammar. indicating negation or absence.
- Grammar. a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
- something that is deprived.
Origin of privative
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Examples from the Web for privative
Blindness is a 'privative', to be blind is to be in a state of privation, but is not a 'privative'.The Categories
It is a negative principle, and negative in the sense of privative.
Name from - privative and , foliage, alluding to the naked stalks.
Ex, Latin prefix; privative in place of "e" when next letter is a vowel.The Elements of Botany
He contended that cold was probably only privative, and not a positive existence.Heroes of Science: Physicists
- causing privation
- expressing lack or negation, as for example the English suffix -less and prefix un-
- logic obsolete (of a proposition) that predicates a logical privation
C16: from Latin prīvātīvus indicating loss, negative
Word Origin and History for privative
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