derogative

[dih-rog-uh-tiv]
adjective
lessening; belittling; derogatory.

Origin:
1470–80; < Old French derogatif < Late Latin dērogātīvus. See derogate, -ive

derogatively, adverb
nonderogative, adjective
nonderogatively, adverb
underogative, adjective
underogatively, adverb
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derogate
 
vb (foll by from) (foll by from)
1.  to cause to seem inferior or be in disrepute; detract
2.  to deviate in standard or quality; degenerate
3.  (tr) to cause to seem inferior, etc; disparage
4.  (tr) to curtail the application of (a law or regulation)
 
adj
5.  archaic debased or degraded
 
[C15: from Latin dērogāre to repeal some part of a law, modify it, from de- + rogāre to ask, propose a law]
 
'derogately
 
adv
 
dero'gation
 
n
 
derogative
 
adj
 
de'rogatively
 
adv

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derogative
late 15c., from O.Fr. derogatif, from L. *derogativus, from pp. stem of derogare (see derogatory).
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Students should be instructed to be courteous and not to make negative or derogative comments to site personnel.
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