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1. Causing deprivation, lack, or loss.
2. Grammar Altering the meaning of a term from positive to negative.
n. Grammar
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.]

priv′a·tive·ly adv.


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]
ˈprivatively adv


(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.
4. Gram. a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
priv′a•tive•ly, adv.


[ˈprɪvətɪv] ADJ & Nprivativo m
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Things are said to be opposed in four senses: (i) as correlatives to one another, (ii) as contraries to one another, (iii) as privatives to positives, (iv) as affirmatives to negatives.
That year saw the introduction into the Migration Act 1958 of a privative clause that suggested on its face that migration decisions would henceforth be immune from any form of judicial oversight.
Second, one who receives knowledge from an already knowledgeable teacher "either should not be said to be affected, as was said, or one should say that there are two manners of alteration: the change to the privative dispositions, and that to the conditions and the nature [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII].
35) He suggested that judges should focus on other factors, such as expertise and the explicit legislative delegation of authority (often reinforced by a privative clause), which explained why administrative decisions warranted judicial respect.
Namely culture technology could provides instruments that are free from local valuable systems and that is more than person privative benefits.
A privative provision in State legislation, which purports to strip the Supreme Court of the State of its authority to confine inferior courts within the limits of their jurisdiction by granting relief on the ground of jurisdictional error, is beyond the powers of the State legislature.
56) Its puzzle for the rule of law was less severe than that generated by privative clauses, which oppose the fundamental assumptions of parliamentary supremacy and that all delegated power is subject to reviewable legal limits.
The practice yields a simultaneity in which opposed forces are once again suspended together in the matrix of language that is at once privative and presenting.
At this stage, most enabling legislation, like Alberta's School Act, will have a privative clause which purports to render the Minister's decision final and not subject to review.
2) If Porphyry quoted Phoenissae accurately, the fact that in the Euripidean line [Greek Words Omitted] appears in third position in its clause might have led a copyist who thought in terms of prose order to transform the letters into a privative prefix before [Greek Words Omitted], after which a second copyist or corrector will have added [Greek Words Omitted] after [Greek Words Omitted].
In administrative law, strong privative clauses, purporting to deny entirely the power of judicial review, have clashed with the primacy of the text.
It is a question of establishing, as and when orders are issued, mainly: - asbestos diagnosis before work (DAAT), - diagnosis asbestos privative parts (DAPP), - diagnosis of the state of the indoor electricity installation in rental housing (DLE), - Diagnosis of the state of the indoor gas installation in the DLG.