giving off radiation.

Also ra·di·a·to·ry [rey-dee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈreɪ di əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of radiative

First recorded in 1830–40; radiat(ion) + -ive
Related formsnon·ra·di·a·tive, adjectivesub·ra·di·a·tive, adjectiveun·ra·di·a·tive, adjective
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radiatory (ˈreɪdɪətərɪ, -trɪ)


physics emitting or causing the emission of radiationa radiative collision
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Word Origin and History for radiative

"having a tendency to radiate," 1820, from radiate (v.) + -ive. Related: Radiativity.

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