- The definition of causative is something or someone that produces an effect or expresses an effect.
An example of something causative is the pushing of one domino to make a whole line of them fall.
- Causative is defined as a word, typically a verb, that has the meaning of causing something to happen.
An example of a causative is the word "enable," which means that a person helps to cause something to happen.
- producing an effect; causing
- Gram. designating a word or form that expresses causation: “fell” is a causative verb meaning “to cause to fall”
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French causatif ; from Classical Latin causativus
- causatively adverb
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- Functioning as an agent or cause.
- Expressing causation. Used of a verb or verbal affix.
- causˈa·tive noun
- causˈa·tive·ly adverb