Definition of causative adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɔːzətɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːzətɪv//
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  1. 1(formal) acting as the cause of something Smoking is a causative factor in several major diseases.
  2. 2 (grammar) a causative verb expresses a cause, for example blacken which means ‘to cause to become black’ compare ergative, inchoative
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French causatif, -ive, or late Latin causativus, from causare ‘to cause’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: causative