What does causative mean?

Definitions for causativeˈkɔ zə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. causative(adj)

    producing an effect

    "poverty as a causative factor in crime"


  1. causative(Noun)

    An expression of an agent causing or forcing a patient to perform an action (or to be in a certain condition).

  2. causative(Adjective)

    Acting as a cause.

  3. Origin: From causativus, from causa; see cause.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Causative(adj)

    effective, as a cause or agent; causing

  2. Causative(adj)

    expressing a cause or reason; causal; as, the ablative is a causative case

  3. Causative(noun)

    a word which expresses or suggests a cause

  4. Origin: [L. causativus pertaining to a lawsuit (causa), but in the English sense from E. cause.]


  1. Causative

    In linguistics, a causative is a form that indicates that a subject causes someone or something else to do or be something, or causes a change in state of a non-volitional event. All languages have ways to express causation, but differ in the means. Some languages have morphological devices that change verbs into their causative forms, or adjectives into verbs of becoming. Other languages employ periphrasis, with idiomatic expressions or auxiliary verbs. All languages also have lexical causative forms.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of causative in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of causative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gurjit Khurana Hershey:

    Because of this mouse data, we found [the VNN-1 pathway] is not just a marker but has a causative role.

  2. Collette Carroll:

    We spend an entire year alone on emotions so (they) learn the causative factors of what got them where they got in the first place.

Images & Illustrations of causative

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