(noun, adjective)


1. relating to or having the nature of illation or inference

- the illative faculty of the mind

Similar word(s): inferential

2. resembling or dependent on or arrived at by inference

- an illative conclusion

Similar word(s): deductive, inferential

3. expressing or preceding an inference

- `therefore' is an illative word

Similar word(s): deductive

Sentences with illative as an adjective:

- an illative consequence or proposition

- an illative word, such as "then" or "therefore"


1. (grammar) a word or phrase that expresses an inference (such as therefore)

2. an illation

3. (grammar) the illative case, or a word in that case