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Definitions of Privative

  1. Causing privation; depriving. Newage Dictionary DB
  2. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive; negative. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Implying privation or negation; giving a negative force to a word; as, alpha privative; privative particles; -- applied to such prefixes and suffixes as a- (Gr. /), un-, non-, -less. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. That of which the essence is the absence of something. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. A term indicating the absence of any quality which might be naturally or rationally expected; -- called also privative term. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A privative prefix or suffix. See Privative, a., 3. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. A syllable attached to a word to change its positive meaning to a negative one. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. That which is privative or depends on the absence of something else: (logic) a term denoting the absence of a quality: (gram.) a prefix denoting absence or negation. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. A prefix giving a nagative meaning. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. That the essence of which is the absence of something; a prefix which changes the sense into the contrary. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. That which depends on the absence of something else; a prefix denoting absence or the opposite. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  12. PRIVATIVELY. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Causing want; having, or giving, a negative instead of a positive meaning; negative. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Causing privation: consisting in the absence of something. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Depriving; negative. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Causing privation; consisting in the absence or defect of something; negative. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Consisting in the absence of something; not positive. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for Privative

  1. The names called privative therefore, connote two things: the absence of certain attributes, and the presence of others, from which the presence also of the former might naturally have been expected. – A System Of Logic, Ratiocinative And Inductive (Vol. 1 of 2) by John Stuart Mill
  2. Good could not be the origin of evil, because evil is nothing of good, being privative and destructive of good; nevertheless, since it exists and is sensibly felt, it is not nothing, but something; tell us therefore whence this something existed after nothing." – The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love by Emanuel Swedenborg
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