Definition of correlative noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//kəˈrelətɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//kəˈrelətɪv//
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a fact or an idea that is closely related to or depends on another fact or idea The child’s right to education is a correlative of the parent’s duty to send the child to school. Word Originmid 16th cent.: from medieval Latin correlativus, from cor- ‘together’ + late Latin relativus, from referre ‘bring back’, from re- ‘back’ + ferre ‘bring’.

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