Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
Related to punctuative: punctual


v. punc·tu·at·ed, punc·tu·at·ing, punc·tu·ates
1. To provide (a text) with punctuation marks.
2. To occur or interrupt periodically: "lectures punctuated by questions and discussions" (Gilbert Highet)."[There is] a great emptiness in America's West punctuated by Air Force bases" (Alfred Kazin).
3. To stress or emphasize.
To use punctuation.

[Medieval Latin pūnctuāre, pūnctuāt-, from Latin pūnctum, point, from neuter past participle of pungere, to prick; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.]

punc′tu·a′tive adj.
punc′tu·a′tor n.


(Grammar) relating to the punctuation in a script
References in periodicals archive ?
The music borrows heavily from Maguindanao and Kalinga rhythms layered under Southeast Asian modal tonalities and framed in punctuative and cyclic structures typical in the region.'
Hence, in punctuative terms it should read, "Jim, from Canada."
(14) Kathleen Wall, in her excellent essay on "The Remains of the Day and Its Challenges to the Theories of Unreliable Narration", points to the "verbal patterns or tics" in Stevens's discourse as one of the "most accessible signals of Stevens's unreliability" (Wall, 1994:23), but she does not take the deconstructive turn (as I have here) that the bracketing of terms serves as a punctuative shorthand for significatory deferral.