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Meaning of privative

priv•a•tive

Pronunciation: (priv'u-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing, or tending to cause, deprivation.
  2. consisting in or characterized by the taking away, loss, or lack of something.
  3. indicating negation or absence.
—n.
  1. a privative element, as a- in asymmetric.
  2. something that is deprived.
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