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-ive

1.
a suffix of adjectives (and nouns of adjectival origin) expressing tendency, disposition, function, connection, etc.:
active; corrective; destructive; detective; passive; sportive.
Compare -ative, -itive.
Origin
< Latin -īvus; in some words, representing French -ive, feminine of -if
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-ive

suffix
1.
(forming adjectives) indicating a tendency, inclination, character, or quality: divisive, prohibitive, festive, massive
2.
(forming nouns of adjectival origin): detective, expletive
Word Origin
from Latin -īvus
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Word Origin and History for -ive

sufix forming adjectives from verbs, meaning "pertaining to, tending to," in some cases from Old French -if, but usually directly from Latin -ivus. In some words borrowed from French at an early date it has been reduced to -y (e.g. hasty, tardy).

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