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English definition of “-ative”


suffix     /-ə.tɪv/ US  /-ə.t̬ɪv/ (also -itive)
added to verbs to form adjectives meaning showing the ability to perform the activity represented by the verb Morphology and parts of words
(Definition of -ative suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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