What does additive mean?

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ˈæd ɪ tɪvad·di·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. additive(adj)

    something added to enhance food or gasoline or paint or medicine

  2. linear, additive(adj)

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

  3. additive(adj)

    characterized or produced by addition

    "an additive process"


  1. additive(Noun)

    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. additive(Adjective)

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

  3. additive(Adjective)

    Distributive over addition.

    Matrix multiplication is additive in that uE00059291uE001.

  4. additive(Adjective)

    Having addition as an operator.

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

  5. additive(Adjective)

    Pertaining to chemical addition.

  6. additive(Adjective)

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Additive(adj)

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

  2. Origin: [L. additivus.]


  1. Additive

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


  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. 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.

  2. Tony Roth:

    [Oil] this low should be very additive to economic activity, not just with gas prices but across the economy, early holiday shopping numbers should come in pretty strong.

  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. 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.

  5. Ray Kilmer:

    The (alloy) powders need to be improved upon, they need to be cost effective, and they need to work better in the additive printing process, what's new now is the machines are getting better, faster and cheaper. Alcoa is stepping into the process so we can get the performance and the cost to where they need to be.

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