- 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
Related Words for privativeunfavorable, adverse, pessimistic, gloomy, weak, resisting, jaundiced, opposing, removed, contrary, con, recusant, refusing, anti, dissenting, denying, against, antagonistic, balky
Examples from the Web for privative
Historical Examples of 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