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ˈæd ɪ tɪvad·di·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. additiveadjective

    something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

  2. linear, additiveadjective

    designating or involving an equation whose terms are of the first degree

  3. additiveadjective

    characterized or produced by addition

    "an additive process"


  1. additivenoun

    A substance added to another substance or product for its ability to alter its properties.

    Oil may be used as an additive in gasoline to improve the lubrication of a small engine.

  2. additiveadjective

    Pertaining to addition; that can be, or has been, added.

  3. additiveadjective

    Distributive over addition.

    Matrix multiplication is additive in that uE00059291uE001.

  4. additiveadjective

    Having addition as an operator.

    It is natural to look at a finite cyclic group as an additive group.

  5. additiveadjective

    Pertaining to chemical addition.

  6. additiveadjective

    Describing genes (or the interaction etc. of such genes) which govern the same trait and whose effects work together on the phenotype.

  7. Etymology: From additivus, from the participial stem of addere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Additiveadjective

    proper to be added; positive; -- opposed to subtractive

  2. Etymology: [L. additivus.]


  1. Additive

    A substance that is added to a system or compound to improve its characteristics.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of additive in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of additive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of additive in a Sentence

  1. Johnny Galecki:

    Early on, Bobby and Jordan Horowitz (another of the film’s producers) bonded over the idea of using practical effects, nobody has anything against CGI as an additive. I think we all see the benefit of digital effects. But I think audiences have missed seeing these puppets, I think they miss seeing the sweat and the fingerprints. We used CGI as a sweetener, very, very subtly, in expressions in the eyes and things of that nature. Otherwise, we had real puppeteers there, whether they were under the table with their hand in the puppet or whether they were within the puppet, as the creatures grow bigger. It was a blast; it was really fun. Oddly, when you spend 12 hours a day with these puppets, they become little personalities. They just feel like fellow castmates, as absurd as that sounds.

  2. Chairman Robert Coury:

    I will absolutely continue to look at M&A stuff but not as a requirement - as something that could be additive as part of our longer term strategy.

  3. Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson:

    I would bet a paycheck that it's going to be a number greater than 308 ships, just by virtue of the additive nature of the complexity and the contestants that are confronting us right now.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    I went to the president and made clear to him that Inspector General Linick wasn't performing a function in a way that we had tried to get him to, that was additive for the State Department, very consistent with what the statute says he's supposed to be doing.

  5. The Pimco Total Return Fund:

    Rate strategies in both the U.S. and the eurozone (mainly the periphery) added to performance. Holdings of TIPS were also additive, as were the fund's non-agency MBS positions, credit strategies including positions in financials, municipals and dollar-denominated EM debt, all benefited performance.

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