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[kaw-zuh-tiv] /ˈkɔ zə tɪv/
acting as a cause; producing (often followed by of):
a causative agency; an event causative of war.
Grammar. noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic -jan is a causative suffix in fulljan “to cause to be full; to fill.”.
Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Origin of causative
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin causātīvus, equivalent to causāt(us) caused (see causation) + -īvus -ive
Related forms
causatively, adverb
causativeness, causativity, noun
intercausative, adjective
noncausative, adjective
noncausatively, adverb
noncausativeness, noun
uncausative, adjective
uncausatively, adverb
uncausativeness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for causative
  • The causative organism was not one they tested for routinely.
  • Correct pronunciation of the different diseases and causative agents also helps patients.
  • The presumption of guilt may be the causative behind severe tragedies, or the irony at the heart of distasteful fiascos.
  • Constructing a one-time ex post rationale is not a good way to view causative relations.
  • They present correlative evidence as though it were causative.
  • OK, so there's no really good causative link from income inequality to the bubble and the financial crisis.
  • For every variable, there is a near exponential, perhaps logarithmic increase in causative factors.
  • It is obvious that your definition of causative violence and mine have come to differ of late.
  • Cats could carry something else besides this infection that might be causative.
  • Excessive age of the toilets was implicated as a causative factor.
British Dictionary definitions for causative


(grammar) relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
(often postpositive) and foll by of. producing an effect
the causative form or class of verbs
Derived Forms
causatively, adverb
causativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for causative

early 15c. (as a noun), from French causatif, from Latin causativus, from causa (see cause (n.)).

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