Privative meaning

prĭvə-tĭv
Causing deprivation, lack, or loss.
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Altering the meaning of a term from positive to negative.
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A privative prefix or suffix, such as a-, non-, un-, or -less.
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Depriving or tending to deprive.
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Characterized by a taking away or loss of some quality.
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Indicating negation, absence, or loss.
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A privative term or affix, as a-, un-, non-, or -less.
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Causing privation; depriving.
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Consisting in the absence of something; negative.
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(grammar) Indicating the absence of something.
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Something that causes privation or indicates an absence.
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Origin of privative

  • Middle English privatif from Latin prīvātīvus from prīvātus past participle of prīvāre to deprive private

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin privativus

    From Wiktionary