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  1. tending to promote.
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Origin of promotive

First recorded in 1635–45; promote + -ive
Related formspro·mo·tive·ness, nounnon·pro·mo·tive, adjectiveun·pro·mo·tive, adjective
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Related Words for promotive

useful, helpful, accessory, leading, tending, contributive, contributory, promotive

Examples from the Web for promotive

Historical Examples of promotive

  • I shall doubt hereafter whether superior intelligence is promotive of superior virtue.

    A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital

    John Beauchamp Jones

  • It is worthy of remark that this conviction seemed rather to increase recklessness and crime than to be promotive of virtue.

    The Empire of Russia

    John S. C. Abbott

  • The customer was enveloped in an atmosphere that was soothing, delicious, promotive of deep self-esteem.

    In Vanity Fair

    Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd

  • This is, no doubt, promotive of health, provided it is not at first carried to an extreme.

  • His government of Ireland was promotive of the King's interests and of the people commended to his charge.

    Wanderings in Ireland

    Michael Myers Shoemaker

British Dictionary definitions for promotive


  1. tending to promote
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Derived Formspromotiveness, noun
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