- used in setting off or separating; making a division
- referring to a part of a whole
- of or relating to a case expressing reference to a part of a whole
Origin of partitiveMedieval Latin partitivus: see partite and -ive
- a partitive word or form
- the partitive case
- Dividing or serving to divide something into parts; marked by division.
- Grammar Indicating a part as distinct from a whole, as some of the coffee in the sentence She drank some of the coffee.
- A partitive word, such as many or less.
- A partitive construction or case.
Origin of partitiveMiddle English from Old French partitif from Medieval Latin partītīvus from Latin partītus past participle of partīre to divide ; see partite .
(comparative more partitive, superlative most partitive)