[ trans-ley-tiv, tranz-, trans-ley-, tranz- ]
/ trænsˈleɪ tɪv, trænz-, ˈtræns leɪ-, ˈtrænz- /


of or relating to the transfer of something from one person, position, or place to another.
of translation; serving to translate.
Grammar. noting a case, as in Finnish, whose distinctive function is to indicate a change from one state into another.


the translative case.

Origin of translative

1580–90; < Latin trānslātīvus, equivalent to trānslāt(us) (see translate) + -īvus -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for translative

  • These movements are produced by three sorts of action: Sectional action, rotary action and translative action.