[ sik-uh-tiv ]
/ ˈsɪk ə tɪv /


causing or promoting absorption of moisture; drying.


a siccative substance, especially in paint.

Origin of siccative

1540–50; < Late Latin siccātīvus, equivalent to Latin siccāt(us) (past participle of siccāre to dry up; see sack3, -ate1) + -īvus -ive

Related forms

an·ti·sic·ca·tive, adjectivenon·sic·ca·tive, adjective, nounun·sic·ca·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for siccative


/ (ˈsɪkətɪv) /


a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines

Word Origin for siccative

C16: from Late Latin siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry
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Medicine definitions for siccative


[ sĭkə-tĭv ]


A substance added to some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

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