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commemorative

[kuh-mem-uh-rey-tiv, -er-uh-tiv] /kəˈmɛm əˌreɪ tɪv, -ər ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving to commemorate:
a commemorative monument; a commemorative dinner.
2.
(of a coin, medal, or postage stamp) issued to commemorate a historical event, to honor the memory of a personage, etc.
noun
3.
anything that commemorates.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; commemorat(ion) + -ive
Related forms
commemoratively, adverb
commemorativeness, noun
noncommemorative, adjective
noncommemoratively, adverb
uncommemorative, adjective
uncommemoratively, adverb
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Examples from the web for commemorative
  • In fact, the team left a commemorative plaque requesting that the site be left undisturbed as a memorial to the dead.
  • Every museum and gallery seems to be holding some sort of commemorative event.
  • Thousands are expected to attend commemorative events in the territory.
  • There should be a commemorative plaque on the restaurant's wall.
  • At each place setting was a commemorative bronze medallion wrapped in white paper and pink ribbon.
  • Officials haven't said whether a commemorative plaque will be placed on the bridge.
Word Origin and History for commemorative
adj.

1610s, from commemorate + -ive. As a noun meaning "means of commemoration" it is recorded from 1630s; as short for commemorative postage stamp from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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