[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. translate,
  2. translater,
  3. translation,
  4. translation dictionary,
  5. translation of axes,
  6. translator,
  7. transliterate,
  8. transliteration,
  9. translocate,
  10. translocation

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.