8 letter words ending in ive

Abditive (a.) Having the quality of hiding.

Ablative (a.) Taking away or removing.

Ablative (a.) Applied to one of the cases of the noun in Latin and some other languages, -- the fundamental meaning of the case being removal, separation, or taking away.

Ablative () The ablative case.

Aborsive (a.) Abortive.

Abortive (v.) Produced by abortion; born prematurely; as, an abortive child.

Abortive (v.) Made from the skin of a still-born animal; as, abortive vellum.

Abortive (v.) Rendering fruitless or ineffectual.

Abortive (v.) Coming to naught; failing in its effect; miscarrying; fruitless; unsuccessful; as, an abortive attempt.

Abortive (v.) Imperfectly formed or developed; rudimentary; sterile; as, an abortive organ, stamen, ovule, etc.

Abortive (v.) Causing abortion; as, abortive medicines.

Abortive (v.) Cutting short; as, abortive treatment of typhoid fever.

Abortive (n.) That which is born or brought forth prematurely; an abortion.

Abortive (n.) A fruitless effort or issue.

Abortive (n.) A medicine to which is attributed the property of causing abortion.

Abrasive (a.) Producing abrasion.

Adaptive (a.) Suited, given, or tending, to adaptation; characterized by adaptation; capable of adapting.

Additive (a.) Proper to be added; positive; -- opposed to subtractive.

Adhesive (a.) Sticky; tenacious, as glutinous substances.

Adhesive (a.) Apt or tending to adhere; clinging.

Adoptive (a.) Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive language.

Allusive (a.) Figurative; symbolical.

Allusive (a.) Having reference to something not fully expressed; containing an allusion.

Auditive (a.) Of or pertaining to hearing; auditory.

Boastive (a.) Presumptuous.

Coactive (a.) Serving to compel or constrain; compulsory; restrictive.

Coactive (a.) Acting in concurrence; united in action.

Coercive (a.) Serving or intended to coerce; having power to constrain.

Cohesive (a.) Holding the particles of a homogeneous body together; as, cohesive attraction; producing cohesion; as, a cohesive force.

Cohesive (a.) Cohering, or sticking together, as in a mass; capable of cohering; tending to cohere; as, cohesive clay.

Conative (a.) Of or pertaining to conation.

Conceive (v. t.) To receive into the womb and begin to breed; to begin the formation of the embryo of.

Conceive (v. t.) To form in the mind; to plan; to devise; to generate; to originate; as, to conceive a purpose, plan, hope.

Conceive (v. t.) To apprehend by reason or imagination; to take into the mind; to know; to imagine; to comprehend; to understand.

Conceive (v. i.) To have an embryo or fetus formed in the womb; to breed; to become pregnant.

Conceive (v. i.) To have a conception, idea, or opinion; think; -- with of.

Contrive (v. t.) To form by an exercise of ingenuity; to devise; to invent; to design; to plan.

Contrive (v. i.) To make devices; to form designs; to plan; to scheme; to plot.

Creative (a.) Having the power to create; exerting the act of creation.

Crescive (a.) Increasing; growing.

Curative (v. t.) Relating to, or employed in, the cure of diseases; tending to cure.

Decisive (a.) Having the power or quality of deciding a question or controversy; putting an end to contest or controversy; final; conclusive.

Decisive (a.) Marked by promptness and decision.

Deducive (a.) That deduces; inferential.

Deletive (a.) Adapted to destroy or obliterate.

Delusive (a.) Apt or fitted to delude; tending to mislead the mind; deceptive; beguiling; delusory; as, delusive arts; a delusive dream.

Denotive (a.) Serving to denote.

Derisive (a.) Expressing, serving for, or characterized by, derision.

Descrive (v. t.) To describe.

Desitive (a.) Final; serving to complete; conclusive.

Desitive (n.) A proposition relating to or expressing an end or conclusion.

Dilative (a.) Causing dilation; tending to dilate, on enlarge; expansive.

Discrive (v. t.) To describe.

Divisive (a.) Indicating division or distribution.

Divisive (a.) Creating, or tending to create, division, separation, or difference.

Donative (n.) A gift; a largess; a gratuity; a present.

Donative (n.) A benefice conferred on a person by the founder or patron, without either presentation or institution by the ordinary, or induction by his orders. See the Note under Benefice, n., 3.

Donative (a.) Vested or vesting by donation; as, a donative advowson.

Durative (a.) Continuing; not completed; implying duration.

Eductive (a.) Tending to draw out; extractive.

Effusive (a.) Pouring out; pouring forth freely.

Elective (a.) Exerting the power of choice; selecting; as, an elective act.

Elective (a.) Pertaining to, or consisting in, choice, or right of choosing; electoral.

Elective (a.) Dependent on choice; bestowed or passing by election; as, an elective study; an elective office.

Elective (n.) In an American college, an optional study or course of study.

Emissive (a.) Sending out; emitting; as, emissive powers.

Emulsive (a.) Softening; milklike.

Emulsive (a.) Yielding oil by expression; as, emulsive seeds.

Emulsive (a.) Producing or yielding a milklike substance; as, emulsive acids.

Enactive (a.) Having power to enact or establish as a law.

Erective (a.) Making erect or upright; raising; tending to erect.

Eruptive (a.) Breaking out or bursting forth.

Eruptive (a.) Attended with eruption or efflorescence, or producing it; as, an eruptive fever.

Eruptive (a.) Produced by eruption; as, eruptive rocks, such as the igneous or volcanic.

Eruptive (n.) An eruptive rock.

Eversive (a.) Tending to evert or overthrow; subversive; with of.

Evincive (a.) Tending to prove; having the power to demonstrate; demonstrative; indicative.

Excitive (a.) Serving or tending to excite; excitative.

Excitive (n.) That which excites; an excitant.

Exertive (a.) Having power or a tendency to exert; using exertion.

Exortive (a.) Rising; relating to the east.

Finative (a.) Conclusive; decisive; definitive; final.

Fixative (n.) That which serves to set or fix colors or drawings, as a mordant.

Fordrive (v. t.) To drive about; to drive here and there.

Fruitive (a.) Enjoying; possessing.

Fugitive (a.) Fleeing from pursuit, danger, restraint, etc., escaping, from service, duty etc.; as, a fugitive solder; a fugitive slave; a fugitive debtor.

Fugitive (a.) Not fixed; not durable; liable to disappear or fall away; volatile; uncertain; evanescent; liable to fade; -- applied to material and immaterial things; as, fugitive colors; a fugitive idea.

Fugitive (n.) One who flees from pursuit, danger, restraint, service, duty, etc.; a deserter; as, a fugitive from justice.

Fugitive (n.) Something hard to be caught or detained.

Genitive (a.) Of or pertaining to that case (as the second case of Latin and Greek nouns) which expresses source or possession. It corresponds to the possessive case in English.

Genitive (n.) The genitive case.

Guessive (a.) Conjectural.

Illative (a.) Relating to, dependent on, or denoting, illation; inferential; conclusive; as, an illative consequence or proposition; an illative word, as then, therefore, etc.

Illative (n.) An illative particle, as for, because.

Illesive (a.) Not injurious; harmless.

Illusive (a.) Deceiving by false show; deceitful; deceptive; false; illusory; unreal.

Inactive (a.) Not active; having no power to move; that does not or can not produce results; inert; as, matter is, of itself, inactive.

Inactive (a.) Not disposed to action or effort; not diligent or industrious; not busy; idle; as, an inactive officer.

Inactive (a.) Not active; inert; esp., not exhibiting any action or activity on polarized light; optically neutral; -- said of isomeric forms of certain substances, in distinction from other forms which are optically active; as, racemic acid is an inactive tartaric acid.

Incisive (a.) Having the quality of incising, cutting, or penetrating, as with a sharp instrument; cutting; hence, sharp; acute; sarcastic; biting.

Incisive (a.) Of or pertaining to the incisors; incisor; as, the incisive bones, the premaxillaries.

Indutive (a.) Covered; -- applied to seeds which have the usual integumentary covering.

Infusive (a.) Having the power of infusion; inspiring; influencing.

Innative (a.) Native.

Invasive (a.) Tending to invade; characterized by invasion; aggressive.

Laxative (a.) Having a tendency to loosen or relax.

Laxative (a.) Having the effect of loosening or opening the intestines, and relieving from constipation; -- opposed to astringent.

Laxative (n.) A laxative medicine. See the Note under Cathartic.

Lenitive (a.) Having the quality of softening or mitigating, as pain or acrimony; assuasive; emollient.

Lenitive (n.) A medicine or application that has the quality of easing pain or protecting from the action of irritants.

Lenitive (n.) A mild purgative; a laxative.

Lenitive (n.) That which softens or mitigates; that which tends to allay passion, excitement, or pain; a palliative.

Limitive (a.) Involving a limit; as, a limitive law, one designed to limit existing powers.

Locative (a.) Indicating place, or the place where, or wherein; as, a locative adjective; locative case of a noun.

Locative (n.) The locative case.

Monitive (a.) Conveying admonition; admonitory.

Negative (a.) Denying; implying, containing, or asserting denial, negation or refusal; returning the answer no to an inquiry or request; refusing assent; as, a negative answer; a negative opinion; -- opposed to affirmative.

Negative (a.) Not positive; without affirmative statement or demonstration; indirect; consisting in the absence of something; privative; as, a negative argument; a negative morality; negative criticism.

Negative (a.) Asserting absence of connection between a subject and a predicate; as, a negative proposition.

Negative (a.) Of or pertaining to a picture upon glass or other material, in which the lights and shades of the original, and the relations of right and left, are reversed.

Negative (a.) Metalloidal; nonmetallic; -- contracted with positive or basic; as, the nitro group is negative.

Negative (n.) A proposition by which something is denied or forbidden; a conception or term formed by prefixing the negative particle to one which is positive; an opposite or contradictory term or conception.

Negative (n.) A word used in denial or refusal; as, not, no.

Negative (n.) The refusal or withholding of assents; veto.

Negative (n.) That side of a question which denies or refuses, or which is taken by an opposing or denying party; the relation or position of denial or opposition; as, the question was decided in the negative.

Negative (n.) A picture upon glass or other material, in which the light portions of the original are represented in some opaque material (usually reduced silver), and the dark portions by the uncovered and transparent or semitransparent ground of the picture.

Negative (n.) The negative plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

Negative (v. t.) To prove unreal or intrue; to disprove.

Negative (v. t.) To reject by vote; to refuse to enact or sanction; as, the Senate negatived the bill.

Negative (v. t.) To neutralize the force of; to counteract.

Occasive (a.) Of or pertaining to the setting sun; falling; descending; western.

Omissive (a.) Leaving out; omitting.

Optative (a.) Expressing desire or wish.

Optative (n.) Something to be desired.

Optative (n.) The optative mood; also, a verb in the optative mood.

Overgive (v. t.) To give over; to surrender; to yield.

Overlive (v. t.) To outlive.

Overlive (v. i.) To live too long, too luxuriously, or too actively.

Palative (a.) Pleasing to the taste; palatable.

Perceive (v. t.) To obtain knowledge of through the senses; to receive impressions from by means of the bodily organs; to take cognizance of the existence, character, or identity of, by means of the senses; to see, hear, or feel; as, to perceive a distant ship; to perceive a discord.

Perceive (v. t.) To take intellectual cognizance of; to apprehend by the mind; to be convinced of by direct intuition; to note; to remark; to discern; to see; to understand.

Perceive (v. t.) To be affected of influented by.

Plausive (a.) Applauding; manifesting praise.

Plausive (a.) Plausible, specious.

Positive (a.) Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative.

Positive (a.) Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.

Positive (a.) Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise.

Positive (a.) Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof.

Positive (a.) Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws.

Positive (a.) Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons.

Positive (a.) Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.

Positive (a.) Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.

Positive (a.) Electro-positive.

Positive (a.) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.

Positive (n.) That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.

Positive (n.) That which settles by absolute appointment.

Positive (n.) The positive degree or form.

Positive (n.) A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.

Positive (n.) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.

Poultive (n.) A poultice.

Practive (a.) Doing; active.

Preative (a.) Alt. of Preatory

Pressive (a.) Pressing; urgent; also, oppressive; as, pressive taxation.

Proclive (a.) Having a tendency by nature; prone; proclivous.

Punitive (a.) Of or pertaining to punishment; involving, awarding, or inflicting punishment; as, punitive law or justice.

Putative (a.) Commonly thought or deemed; supposed; reputed; as, the putative father of a child.

Qui vive () The challenge of a French sentinel, or patrol; -- used like the English challenge: "Who comes there?"

Reactive (a.) Having power to react; tending to reaction; of the nature of reaction.

Relative (a.) Having relation or reference; referring; respecting; standing in connection; pertaining; as, arguments not relative to the subject.

Relative (a.) Arising from relation; resulting from connection with, or reference to, something else; not absolute.

Relative (a.) Indicating or expressing relation; refering to an antecedent; as, a relative pronoun.

Relative (a.) Characterizing or pertaining to chords and keys, which, by reason of the identify of some of their tones, admit of a natural transition from one to the other.

Relative (n.) One who, or that which, relates to, or is considered in its relation to, something else; a relative object or term; one of two object or term; one of two objects directly connected by any relation.

Relative (n.) A person connected by blood or affinity; strictly, one allied by blood; a relation; a kinsman or kinswoman.

Relative (n.) A relative pronoun; a word which relates to, or represents, another word or phrase, called its antecedent; as, the relatives "who", "which", "that".

Restrive (v. i.) To strive anew.

Rotative (a.) turning, as a wheel; rotary; rotational.

Sanative (a.) Having the power to cure or heal; healing; tending to heal; sanatory.

Sedative (a.) Tending to calm, moderate, or tranquilize

Sedative (a.) allaying irritability and irritation; assuaging pain.

Sedative (n.) A remedy which allays irritability and irritation, and irritative activity or pain.

Solutive (a.) Tending to dissolve; loosening; laxative.

Sportive (a.) Tending to, engaged in, or provocate of, sport; gay; froliscome; playful; merry.

Tractive (a.) Serving to draw; pulling; attracting; as, tractive power.

Unactive (a.) Inactive; listless.

Unactive (v. t.) To render inactive or listless.

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