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A substance added to paints and some medicines to promote drying; a drier.

[Late Latin siccātīvus, drying, from Latin siccātus, past participle of siccāre, to dry, from siccus, dry.]


(Elements & Compounds) a substance added to a liquid to promote drying: used in paints and some medicines
[C16: from Late Latin siccātīvus, from Latin siccāre to dry up, from siccus dry]
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Noun1.siccative - a substance that promotes drying (e.g., calcium oxide absorbs water and is used to remove moisture)
chemical agent - an agent that produces chemical reactions
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Because of this, hubergroup was among the first to develop a cobalt-free siccative system for oxidatively drying sheetfed inks.
An emotionally intelligent person perhaps shows a better emotional perception in social situations, as they are more siccative and evaluate the emotions with empathy and with the background of social circumstances.
"The source of the lead probably is a lead-based siccative that had been added to the varnish," adds Falkenberg.