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1. Causing deprivation, lack, or loss.
2. Grammar Altering the meaning of a term from positive to negative.
A privative prefix or suffix, such as a-, non-, un-, or -less.
[Middle English privatif, from Latin prīvātīvus, from prīvātus, past participle of prīvāre, to deprive; see private.]
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1. causing privation
2. (Grammar) expressing lack or negation, as for example the English suffix -less and prefix un-
3. (Logic) logic obsolete (of a proposition) that predicates a logical privation
[C16: from Latin prīvātīvus indicating loss, negative]
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priv•a•tive(ˈprɪv ə tɪv)
1. causing, or tending to cause, deprivation.
2. consisting in or characterized by the taking away, loss, or lack of something.
3. Gram. indicating negation or absence.n.
4. Gram. a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
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