partitive

partitive

[pahr-ti-tiv]
adjective
1.
serving to divide into parts.
2.
Grammar. noting part of a whole: the Latin partitive genitive.
noun
3.
Grammar. a partitive word or formation, as of the men in half of the men.

Origin:
1510–20; < Medieval Latin partītīvus divisive, equivalent to Latin partīt(us), past participle of partīrī to divide (see party) + -īvus -ive

partitively, adverb
unpartitive, adjective
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partitive (ˈpɑːtɪtɪv)
 
adj
1.  grammar indicating that a noun involved in a construction refers only to a part or fraction of what it otherwise refers to. The phrase some of the butter is a partitive construction; in some inflected languages it would be translated by the genitive case of the noun
2.  serving to separate or divide into parts
 
n
3.  grammar a partitive linguistic element or feature
 
[C16: from Medieval Latin partītīvus serving to divide, from Latin partīre to divide]
 
'partitively
 
adv

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partitive
1520, "having the quality of dividing into parts," from L.L. partitivus, from L. partitus, pp. of partire "to divide" (see part (v.)).
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