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Definition of "privative" [priv•a•tive]

  • Causing deprivation, lack, or loss. (adjective)
  • Grammar Altering the meaning of a term from positive to negative. (adjective)
  • Grammar A privative prefix or suffix, such as a-, non-, un-, or -less. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "privative" in a sentence
  • "The names called privative, therefore, connote two things: the absence of certain attributes, and the presence of others, from which the presence also of the former might naturally have been expected."
  • "The names called privative, therefore, connote two things; the absence of certain attributes, and the presence of others, from which the presence also of the former might naturally have been expected."
  • "To be without some faculty or to possess it is not the same as the corresponding 'privative' or 'positive'."
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