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Performing or tending toward a specified action: demonstrative.
[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -īvus, adj. suff.]
1. (forming adjectives) indicating a tendency, inclination, character, or quality: divisive; prohibitive; festive; massive.
2. (forming nouns of adjectival origin): detective; expletive.
[from Latin -īvus]
contraction of I have.
a suffix of adjectives (and nouns of adjectival origin) expressing tendency, disposition, function, connection, etc.: active; corrective; detective; sportive.
[< Latin -īvus; in some words, representing French -ive, feminine of -if]