Definitions for causativeˈkɔ zə tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
caus•a•tiveˈkɔ zə tɪv(adj.)
acting as a cause; producing (often fol. by of):
a causative agent.
expressing causation, as the verb fell“to cause to fall” or the suffix -en in sharpen“to cause to become sharp.”
(n.)a word or form expressing causation.
Origin of causative:
1375–1425; late ME < L
producing an effect
"poverty as a causative factor in crime"
An expression of an agent causing or forcing a patient to perform an action (or to be in a certain condition).
Acting as a cause.
Origin: From causativus, from causa; see cause.
effective, as a cause or agent; causing
expressing a cause or reason; causal; as, the ablative is a causative case
a word which expresses or suggests a cause