(noun, adjective)


1. (Romance languages) relating to or denoting a part of a whole or a quantity that is less than the whole

- a partitive construction

2. indicating or characterized by or serving to create partition or division into parts

- partitive brother kept the family apart

3. serving to separate or divide into parts

- partitive tendencies in education

Similar word(s): disjunctive, separative


1. word (such a `some' or `less') that is used to indicate a part as distinct from a whole

Definition categories: communication, word