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donative

[don-uh-tiv, doh-nuh-] /ˈdɒn ə tɪv, ˈdoʊ nə-/
noun
1.
a gift or donation.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin dōnātīvum, noun use of neuter of dōnātīvus gratuitous, equivalent to dōnāt(us) (see donation) + -īvus -ive
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Examples from the web for donative
  • But the donative intent is on the part of the employee, not the county.
  • The staff is unsure whether the exception for a donative instrument drafted by a family member is good policy.
  • ST did not enact the legislation authorizing the grant program for any donative purpose.
  • Second, there is no donative or gift element in a particular transaction.
  • Sheila contends that depositing gifted funds into a joint bank account creates a presumption of donative intent.
  • The acquisition will take place by donation contract and a donative quitclaim deed.
British Dictionary definitions for donative

donative

/ˈdəʊnətɪv/
noun
1.
a gift or donation
2.
a benefice capable of being conferred as a gift
adjective
3.
of or like a donation
4.
being or relating to a benefice
Word Origin
C15: from Latin dōnātīvum donation made to soldiers by a Roman emperor, from dōnāre to present
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Word Origin and History for donative
adj.

1550s, from Latin donativus, from donare (see donation). As a noun, from early 15c.

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