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privative

[priv-uh-tiv] /ˈprɪv ə tɪv/
adjective
1.
causing, or tending to cause, deprivation.
2.
consisting in or characterized by the taking away, loss, or lack of something.
3.
Grammar. indicating negation or absence.
noun
4.
Grammar. a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
5.
something that is deprived.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English privatif < Latin prīvātīvus. See private, -ive
Related forms
privatively, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for privative

privative

/ˈprɪvətɪv/
adjective
1.
causing privation
2.
expressing lack or negation, as for example the English suffix -less and prefix un-
3.
(logic, obsolete) (of a proposition) that predicates a logical privation
Derived Forms
privatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin prīvātīvus indicating loss, negative
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Word Origin and History for privative
privative
1590, "expressing negation" (as the prefixes un-, a-, etc.), from L. privativus "denoting privation, negative," from privatus, pp. of privare (see private).
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