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causative

[kaw-zuh-tiv] /ˈkɔ zə tɪv/
adjective
1.
acting as a cause; producing (often followed by of):
a causative agency; an event causative of war.
2.
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.”.
noun
3.
Grammar. a word, especially a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
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
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British Dictionary definitions for causativity

causative

/ˈkɔːzətɪv/
adjective
1.
(grammar) relating to a form or class of verbs, such as persuade, that express causation
2.
(often postpositive) and foll by of. producing an effect
noun
3.
the causative form or class of verbs
Derived Forms
causatively, adverb
causativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for causativity

causative

adj.

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

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