Of, relating to, belonging to, having the nature or quality of.
Performing or tending toward a specified action.
Tending to, given to.
Origin of ive
- ME < OFr -if, fem. -ive < L -ivus
From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition
- Middle English from Old French from Latin -īvus adj. suff
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Anglo-Norman -if (feminine -ive), from Latin -ivus. Until the fourteenth century all Middle English loanwords from Anglo-Norman ended in -if (compare actif, natif, sensitif, pensif etc.), and under the influence of literary Neolatin both languages introduced the form -ive. Those forms that have not been replaced were subsequently changed to end in -y (compare hasty, from hastif, jolly, from jolif etc.).
- Like the Latin suffix -io (genitive -ionis), Latin suffix -ivus is appended to the perfect passive participle to form an adjective of action.