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[noo-tri-tiv, nyoo-] /ˈnu trɪ tɪv, ˈnyu-/
serving to nourish; providing nutriment; nutritious.
of, relating to, or concerned with nutrition:
foods with high nutritive value.
an item of nourishing food:
a breakfast of cereals, fruits, and other nutritives.
Origin of nutritive
1350-1400; < Medieval Latin nūtrītīvus, equivalent to nūtrīt- (see nutrition) + -īvus -ive; replacing Middle English nutritif < Middle French < Medieval Latin as above
Related forms
nutritively, adverb
nutritiveness, noun
hypernutritive, adjective
nonnutritive, adjective
nonnutritively, adverb
nonnutritiveness, noun
unnutritive, adjective Unabridged
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  • In addition, they are producing fewer nuts and seeds, which are of declining nutritive value.
  • Besides, the good nutritive supplement is another aspect of the problem.
  • Therefore the rice which is ready for the table is completely lacking in all nutritive qualities.
  • Phytochemicals are organic, non-nutritive, naturally occurring chemicals found in plant foods.
  • The flesh of mutton ranks with the flesh of beef in nutritive value and digestibility.
  • Salads are always a sure bet, perfectly suited to the season and offering plenty of nutritive value.
  • Soilless mix has virtually no nutritive value other than the small amount of fertilizer that some brands include.
  • Others have a starter fertilizer included, since there is almost no nutritive value to the other ingredients.
  • No manor how a single element in milk is taken from it, its nutritive qualities as a whole are notably diminished.
  • But there is no point in limiting enjoyment to on-the-table displays, or even to fruit that has nutritive use to humans.
British Dictionary definitions for nutritive


providing nourishment
of, concerning, or promoting nutrition
a nutritious food
Derived Forms
nutritively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for nutritive

late 14c., from Old French nutritif and directly from Medieval Latin nutritivus "nourishing," from past participle stem of Latin nutrire "to nourish" (see nourish).

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nutritive in Medicine

nutritive nu·tri·tive (nōō'trĭ-tĭv, nyōō'-)

  1. Of or relating to nutrition.

  2. Nutritious; nourishing.

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