(dĭ-nŏm′ə-nā′tĭv, -nə-tĭv)
1. Giving or constituting a name; naming.
2. Formed from a noun or adjective.
A word, especially a verb, that is derived from a noun or adjective.


1. (Linguistics) giving or constituting a name; naming
2. (Grammar) grammar
a. (of a word other than a noun) formed from or having the same form as a noun
b. (as noun): the verb "to mushroom" is a denominative.
deˈnominatively adv


(dɪˈnɒm əˌneɪ tɪv, -nə tɪv)

1. conferring or constituting a distinctive designation or name.
2. (esp. of verbs) formed from a noun, as English to man from the noun man.
3. a denominative verb or other word.
[1580–90; < Late Latin]
de•nom′i•na`tive•ly, adv.
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Some Innovations in the System of Denominative Verbs in Early Indie.
2005); drawing the line to denominative use, see Neil J.
The fascination of the analytical complexity is intensified by uncannily lyrical, and evocative, denominative concurrences captured in their instantaneous symbolic relevance: Berkley and Berlin, Frankfurt and San Francisco.
Adding the--[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] suffix to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] turns the noun heel into a denominative verb with the meaning of to heel someone, i.
Their observation (Poulos & Louwrens, 1994:151-152) that the neutral and reversive extensions precede the causative, applied and reciprocal extensions is of real importance to our research but to this can be added the contactive, positional, iterative, and denominative extensions.
The narrative valencies of figures of speech can be described in their relation to the distribution of denominative power and the modalization of speech positions, in this case as a particularly overt and mediated version of metadiscourse and metanarrative in general.
Alternatively, however, Gaines's denominative scapegoating belies what I read as Hattie's counter-patriarchal masculinity: Hattie refuses Munford's demands for sex in exchange for money (139), and he earlier engaged in public sex acts (127), for which he is currently incarcerated.
In A System of Logic, (26) Mill said: Connotative names have hence been also called denominative, because the subject which they denote is denominated by, or receives a name from, the attribute which they connote.
What Cranmer means by a denominative predication in an allegory, metaphor, or (other) figurative speech - metonomy, for a relevant example -- is of greater interest than Ogelthorpe's familiar assumption that figurative language is deceptive.
nasala "to molt, fall out") make it less likely that it reflects a denominative from neserinasr.
This comes from the denominative base dabara, derived from the primary noun *dbr, which in Arabic means 'turn one's back on' (den.
64) A new solution to the derivational dilemma may be to suppose that these two items *swats were not derived one from the other, but were instead etymologically identical, both consisting of a prefix *s-supplying denominative force and a root *wat 'cross over'.