donative

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Latin noun dōnātīvum (gratuity”, “largess) and its antecedent adjective dōnātīvus, from dōnō (I give [a present]), from dōnum (gift).

Adjective[edit]

donative (comparative more donative, superlative most donative)

  1. Of, pertaining to, or being a donation

Noun[edit]

donative (plural donatives)

  1. A gift; a largess; a gratuity.
    • Dryden
      The Romans were entertained with shows and donatives.
  2. (ecclesiastical law) A benefice conferred on a person by the founder or patron, without either presentation or institution by the ordinary, or induction by his orders.