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Meaning of causative

caus•a•tive

Pronunciation: (kô'zu-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. acting as a cause; producing (often fol. by of&hasp;): a causative agency; an event causative of war.
  2. noting causation. The causative form of to fall is to fell. Gothic -jan is a causative suffix in fulljan “to cause to be full; to fill.”
—n.
  1. a word, esp. a verb, noting causation, as made in He made me eat the apple.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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