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 (kən-tĭn′yo͞o-ā′tĭv, -ə-tĭv)
1. Of, relating to, or serving to cause continuation.
2. Linguistics Of or relating to the durative aspect or a durative verb or verb form.
1. Something that expresses or causes continuation.
2. Linguistics See durative.

con·tin′u·a′tive·ly adv.


1. serving or tending to continue
2. (Grammar) grammar
a. (of any word, phrase, or clause) expressing continuation
b. (of verbs) another word for progressive8
(Grammar) a continuative word, phrase, or clause
conˈtinuatively adv


(kənˈtɪn yuˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv)

1. tending or serving to continue.
2. expressing a following event, as the second clause in They arrested a suspect, who gave his name as John Doe.
3. expressing continuation of an action or thought: a continuative verb.
4. something continuative.
[1520–30; < Late Latin]
con•tin′u•a`tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.continuative - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
closed-class word, function word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
coordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
subordinate conjunction, subordinating conjunction - a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause
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Declerck (1989) finds that the PP can only be used in when-clauses to express simultaneity on a continuative interpretation, or repetition on an indefinite interpretation, but once again we find examples in Australian English which do not strictly conform to these observations.
The incremental inventory relates to replenishment or continuative product, which we believe has minimal markdown risk, and to strategic investments in key items and vendor intensifications in such high-potential areas as shoes, handbags, and men's and in certain core designer ready-to-wear brands.
Of the incremental inventory investment, approximately 40% relates to replenishment or continuative product, which we believe has minimal markdown risk.
Example (12), on the other hand, has a continuative meaning: the activity look is always true of the time specified by yesterday.
The first of these collocations is not altogether clear, because nu may possess either a temporal or a discourse continuative value ("now then").
Sadove continued, "Of the incremental investment, nearly 40% resides in replenishment or continuative product, which we believe has minimal markdown risk.
In the English original, the discourse relations are expressed explicitly by a consecutive connector and implicitly by a continuative semantic relation between the two independent sentences.
He also referred to Zhou Fagao's demonstration that in preverbal position in the Odes yu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is a marker of inceptive or continuative aspect so that yu [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], yun [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] and yue [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] together form a three-term aspectual system (Zhou 1962).
Here, the connective has no explicit counterpart in the source text; but it is triggered by the continuative "auxiliary" keep which has a comparable anchoring effect.
The older Guanhua word spelled cho [CHINESE CHARACTERS NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] has a number of functions as a verbal suffix, but durative or continuative aspect is not explicitly identified as one of them in the grammars.
This implies a development in the functions of encore, which is used first with additive function, then with iterative function, and only later with continuative function.
at three he was still in the institute' (in contrast to the possibility of being somewhere else and in continuative addition to an earlier situation of being at the institute) D.